Newcastle United midfielder Dan Gosling is keen to contribute goals from midfield upon his return to the first team to help deal with the loss of Kevin Nolan.

Injury has restricted Gosling's involvement at St James' Park since his move from Everton last summer, but now fit again is expected to be called upon after the departures of Joey Barton and Nolan, who scored 12 goals for Newcastle last season.

The 21-year-old sent a message to manager Alan Pardew as to his ability with two goals as the club's reserves thrashed Norwich and the player is pleading for an opportunity.

"I will bring a lot of energy and I want to bring some goals to the midfield as well," he said.

"We have lost 12 goals in Kevin Nolan, so if can some goals and help the team, hopefully we will be all right."

Pardew's insistence on playing 4-4-2 has also meant Gosling's first team chances have been limited.


 

The form of central pair Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote has left Gosling out in the cold, but the former Toffee concedes competition for places is guaranteed at any club in the Barclays Premier League.

"There is a lot of competition, but at a big club like we are, there is going to be competition," he added.

"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."

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