Players taking wage cuts or changing the terms of their contract has been at the top of the agenda this summer with broadsheets and tabloids suggesting this would make up Wayne Rooney’s new deal at United – if one is ever signed.
Dan Gosling, the latest part of Ian Holloway’s Crystal Palace “we’ll score one more than them” project, will be taking a “significant wage cut” to join Palace and one quote in particular from his agent will bring a smile to any Sarf Londoners’ face.
“Dan doesn’t feel comfortable about picking up his wage packet and not being able to play first-team football”, said agent David Hodgson. “He just needs to play football.”
Still only 23, Gosling will be the perfect tonic for Palace. He can play anywhere up the right hand side of the team – somewhere that Palace struggled with injuries last season – and now without Wilfried Zaha is an area that needs reinforcing.
He’s obviously champing at the bit for some first team football too and ready to prove a point, which is another big plus. Then there’s the fact that he’s teamed up with Ollie before when appearing as a sprightly 16-year-old down at Plymouth.
Gosling does come with a number of blots in his copybook, primarily his career record. Since making his debut at Plymouth during 2006-07, he has only clocked up 87 games in total with 20 coming in one season for Everton.
Since moving to Newcastle in 2010, the utility man has appeared just 26 times and started just one league game. Much of this was down to injury and if there are no reoccurrences of his ligament problems, expect Gosling to be a key member of the Palace side in the coming Premier League season.
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