Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Can Gosling stay in the team with Arter now back?

The visit of Newcastle is one game that Dan Gosling will have marked out at the start of the season. He has been an integral part of the Cherries' midfield this season and he knows that he now has big competition for his place with Harry Arter now available again. Is it a straight swap though or should the qualities of Gosling be given more match time?

I don't think there can be any room for sentiment in pleasing players just because it would be an important game for them unless the manager thought that would get an added few per cent more from a player. Dan will also be thinking of the Everton match as well and his form has been strong even if the team has not been winning games. What astounds me is that Gosling has now made as many appearances for the Cherries (24) as he did for Newcastle in four seasons. He's also played two more games with AFCB than his time at Everton and he's still on 25 years-old.

The pendulum does favour Arter to be included in the team as he is an individual that has become the symbol of the Cherries desire to win games. Gosling can influence games as well but would giving him more games start to bring the wins that the team so desperately needs? 
Is Dan going to be unfortunate to miss out with Arter coming back?
The other player who could miss out is Andrew Surman, but much of the side's success has come with Arter and surman filling the central midfield roles and in such an important game as the one against Newcastle Utd this weekend, tried and tested must be the way to go.

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