‘The Boy Has Got Skills’ – Everton’s Dan Gosling

dan goslingDan Gosling came to the attention of the footballing world after scoring a 118th minute winner for Everton against City rivals Liverpool in the fourth-round replay of the FA Cup last season. The goal was made even more memorable as millions of people missed the coverage live due to a technical fault at ITV.

It certainly hasn’t taken long for Gosling to prove himself at the highest level in the Premier League. He signed for Plymouth Argyle at the age of 13 after being spotted playing for Brixham United by Argyle scout John James, and he progressed very quickly through the youth ranks. He signed a professional contract with the team at age 15 and aged just 16 he made his debut for the first team against Hull in December 2006. Only a few months later, after impressing manager Ian Holloway regularly in the reserves, he was allowed to train with Chelsea for one week along with fellow team-mate Luke Summerfield after the return of Chelsea loanee Scott Sinclair back to the Premier League club.

As a right side player who can play in either defence or midfield, Gosling didn’t have to wait long before England came calling and in the same month he trained at Chelsea, he was called up to the England U-17 squad. He subsequently played in the European U-17 Championship in the summer of 2007.

The talent of Gosling was plain to see and after making just 24 appearances for Plymouth, he had attracted the interest of a Premier league club. In January 2008, Everton paid £1.5m to Plymouth to bring the teenager to Merseyside. The fee would rise to over £2m depending on appearances but David Moyes believed that the 18 year old would be a great investment for the future. For the rest of the 2007/08, Gosling settled well into Andy Holden’s reserve side and did enough to merit training with the first team.

He had to wait to Boxing Day last season to make his full debut in a 1-0 win against Middlesbrough, but it didn’t take long for Gosling to score his first score. Just two days after his first game for the club, he scored against Sunderland in a 3-0 romp. He was given a standing ovation after the match by his team-mates in the dressing room, and his confidence has grown ever since. His most memorable moment so far is of course the FA Cup goal against Everton in February last season and you can see it for yourself below:

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The goal was unsurprisingly named goal of the season by Everton fans and it would have been seen as the crucial goal in the cup run had they’d won the FA Cup final against Chelsea at the end of the season. Gosling came on as a substitute during the match but he couldn’t stop the blues losing out 2-1 to Chelsea. During the summer this year he played every game for the England U-19s in the U-19 European Championships in which England finished runner up, and this season he had his first call up to the England U-21 squad. Domestically this season, Gosling has been a regular squad player and last month he scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory against West Ham. We should be seeing a lot more of this talented 19 year old.

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