Dan Gosling: Bournemouth give me best chance for Premier League return

The former Everton prospect has revealed why he elected to sign for Bournemouth over the summer.

24-year-old Gosling completed a switch to the South Coast in the summer, moving from Newcastle United, with whom he had made just 24 appearances in a four-year spell with the club.

Having started his career with Plymouth, he signed for Premier League club Everton in 2008, playing 22 games as a highly rated youngster at Goodison Park.

However, in 2010, Gosling could not agree a new contract with the Merseyside club, and he agreed to transfer to Newcastle, with a number of clubs fighting for his signature. Despite his early promise, he failed to have much of an impact in the North East after Chris Hughton - the manager who signed him - was shown the exit from St James’ Park.

Choosing to drop down a division at the expiration of his contact this summer, Gosling signed for Championship club Bournemouth, and has already made four appearances for the Cherries this season, and he told the Bournemouth Echo that he is delighted the way his career has panned out, with the Cherries the perfect club to be aiming for a return to the Premier League.

He said: “We’re a good, competitive side in this division. Our name might not be as big as some of the other teams but we believe we can challenge towards the top end of the league.

“It still needs a bit of work and I think a lot of people can see that. Things don’t happen overnight and getting to the Premier League takes a lot of hard work and time.

“But the manager, owner and everyone behind the scenes are constantly plugging away to get there and so are the players. There is a real desire in the dressing room to achieve promotion this season, we’re hungry for it.”

After 10 games played, Bournemouth sit on 12 points - six off of the play-off places - with three wins and four losses. They have not started the season too impressively, but they have an eagerness to be as good as they can, and they are the squad in the division with arguably the most potential. In Eddie Howe they have a hugely promising head coach, and Gosling may have made the right decision to drop down a division in the search for the Premier League - with the Cherries' future looking nothing but positive.

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