Dan Gosling didn’t have a great time at Newcastle.
The midfielder joined the Magpies on a free from Everton in 2010, but injury limited him to just one appearance in his first season. Overall, Gosling played 36 times in all competitions for the club, scoring once – a consolation goal in a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.
He left in 2014, heading down south to play for Bournemouth. Gosling has had much more joy at Dean Court, and could make his first appearance of the season against his former club this weekend.
“He’s [Gosling] trained this week and has trained well. We’re really pleased with his progress,” Howe told Bournemouth’s official website.
“He adds that experience and positivity to the group, and he’s trained for the last couple of weeks now. He’s really hit the ground running since returning from injury and we’re pleased with him.”
A hip problem has prevented Gosling from playing this season, but we could see him at St James’ Park. Jefferson Lerma picked up his fifth booking of the season last week meaning he’s suspended, handing Gosling an opportunity to return.
Will Gosling get a frosty reception? Probably not. The former Everton man played so little that a lot of fans probably forget he was even a Magpie once upon a time.
He did come back to haunt us a couple of seasons ago. Gosling grabbed an 89th minute equaliser at Dean Court after Newcastle squandered a two-goal lead provided by Dwight Gayle.
It would be great to see Gayle get on the scoresheet again, but we also need to keep Gosling quiet unlike in 2018.