Gosling sets sights on goals
Newcastle midfielder Dan Gosling is hoping he can help to make up for the loss of Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan this season.
The pair contributed 23 goals between them during the last campaign before Carroll left for Liverpool in January and skipper Nolan headed for West Ham over the summer.
However, Gosling served up a timely reminder of his own potency with a double in the reserves' 6-0 demolition of Norwich on Tuesday and is convinced he can help out on that front if manager Alan Pardew gives him a first-team chance, saying: "I will bring a lot of energy and I want to bring some goals to the midfield as well."
He added: "We have lost 12 goals in Kevin Nolan, so if can some goals and help the team, hopefully we will be all right."
Newcastle have enjoyed a more than solid start to the new Barclays Premier League campaign and currently sit in fourth place in the table with a return of eight points from the first 12 they have contested. However, while they have conceded only one league goal in four games, they have scored just three themselves.
The task of scoring the goals rests with frontmen Shola Ameobi, Leon Best, Demba Ba and Peter Lovenkrands. However, the manager will hope the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux and Gosling can also chip in to get the total ticking over.
But first, Gosling knows he faces a fight to force his way into Pardew's plans. The 21-year-old arrived at St James' Park from Everton last summer with a knee injury and to date, has made only two Premier League league appearances, both of them as a substitute against Sunderland, and one start in the Carling Cup win at Scunthorpe last month.
He said: "There is a lot of competition, but at a big club like we are, there is going to be competition.
"There's going to be competition at every club in the Premier League. It's healthy, it keeps you on your toes and only brings out the best in you.
"That's always going to happen. There are comings and goings every year. The lads who are here now are great lads - the lads the manager has brought in are all brilliant lads and great players as well, so hopefully we will have a good season."