Manager Delighted With Midfielder's Impact
Paul Ince has likened Dan Gosling’s role at Blackpool as one similar to his former Manchester United team-mate Bryan Robson.
Gosling, who is currently on loan from Newcastle United until January, impressed as The Seasiders edged past Wigan last weekend, winning the penalty for the only goal of the game, which Thomas Ince cooly converted.
And manager Ince believes that Gosling’s potential impact in the team is one which can be of real benefit to his side.
“He’s different; he can make those forward runs that can win you games, and we saw that on Saturday against Wigan when he won the penalty,” he said.
“Sometimes we have a habit of keep wanting to come to the ball all the time, but he’s the one who can stretch the opposition.
“I know from playing with Bryan Robson - the best midfielder of all time in my opinion - he was so good doing that, making those runs, stretching teams and getting goals for you.
“I don’t want Dan bombing in the box all the time, I’ve just said to him to make three runs each half and at some stage you’ll get in.
“And that’s what he did on Saturday when he ghosted off the back of one of their players and got us the penalty that won us the game, effectively.”
Gosling is only getting back to full fitness after a stop-start few years for Newcastle, but Ince believes he now has the platform to get his career back on track.
"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,” added Ince.
“But he’s a young lad who’s got the opportunity to show what he can do. Of course he’s got undoubted ability; he’s a Premier League player.
“Just a few years ago he scored against Manchester United for Everton. He’s a very, very good player potentially but through injuries, which are no fault of his own, he’s kind of lost his way.
“But he seems happy here, and he wants to prove a point that he can get back into the Premier League and get back into that Newcastle team."