Newcastle midfielder’s future in the balance

LOAN RANGER ... Newcastle's Dan Gosling, left.
LOAN RANGER ... Newcastle's Dan Gosling, left.

DAN Gosling’s Newcastle United career isn’t over – yet.

Gosling returned from a three-month loan at Blackpool earlier this month.

The Championship club are keen to take the 23-year-old – who is out of contract at the end of the season – back to Bloomfield Road.

But Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is in no hurry to make a decision over the future of the midfielder, who impressed during his loan at Blackpool.

And Gosling found himself back on the United bench for last weekend’s home defeat to Manchester City.

The former England Under-21 international could again be involved tomorrow, when Newcastle take on West Ham United at Upton Park.

“I just think I might keep Dan around and see how he goes,” Pardew told the Gazette. “He did well at Blackpool.”

Gosling, signed in the summer of 2010 by then-United manager Chris Hughton, has previously indicated his willingness to commit to Blackpool until the summer, when he will be a free agent.

Speaking in November, he said: “Of course I’d be interested in staying for the rest of the season.

“If the club want me here, and Newcastle agree, then I’ll sit down and talk.”

Gosling joined Newcastle from Everton while recovering from knee surgery, and he made an abortive comeback from injury in his first campaign on Tyneside.

However, he found his first-team opportunities limited in the following two campaigns after returning to full fitness.

Blackpool manager Paul Ince believes Gosling has the ability to re-establish himself as a Premier League player after “losing his way” because of injury problems.

“He’ll tell you himself that his time at Newcastle hasn’t been great so far, as he’s not had a lot of game time with his injury problems,” said Ince.

“He’s got undoubted ability – he’s a Premier League player.

“He’s a very, very good player, but through injuries – which are no fault of his own – he’s kind of lost his way. He wants to prove a point that he can get back into the Premier League and get back into that Newcastle team.”