AFC Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling is determined to break into Eddie Howe’s Cherries starting XI.
Last season Gosling made 37 appearances for the Cherries including 29 starts in the Premier League.
This season however he has become more of a bit-part player with the return to fitness of Harry Arter and the signing of Jack Wilshere on loan from Arsenal.
He has so far made 11 appearances, but only one as a starter and that was the Tottenham Hotspur game where Andrew Surman was taken ill during the warm up and Gosling was a very late replacement.
Gosling’s chance for more starts however may come on Saturday against Sunderland with Surman struggling with a hamstring injury.
Gosling told the Daily Echo…
‘…If your head drops or you start falling below your standards, when you do get a chance, you won`t take it. I like to stay as professional as I can.
“I was mentally prepared for the Tottenham game, whether I was on the bench or starting. I got the late call and performed very well and that was through hard work on the training ground and always being ready to play…
‘…I have a good relationship with the gaffer and the rest of the coaching staff. I feel when I`ve come in, I`ve taken every chance I`ve been given. I`ve come off the bench and affected games.
‘That`s all you can do as a player – give the manager a problem every week. Hopefully, I can get a run of games. That`s what I want…’
‘Only worry going forward is potentially Gosling for an injured Surman.
Gosling is not up to this standard in a midfield hustle, he lacks pace and awareness, but does have an eye for goal. – Join the conversation here.
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