Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle was happy to score his first goal for United at St James Park on Saturday but can’t wait for the real thing to start on Friday.

Almost certain to lead the line with Aleksandar Mitrovic suspended, Gayle has started the last three friendlies with the likes of Rolando Aarons, Matt Ritchie and Ayoze Perez in support.

With 14 different goalscorers in pre-season, Dwight Gayle has given the old ‘happy if whoever scores so long as we win’ but he is many people’s idea of being top Championship goalscorer overall.

After playing a bit-part role at Crystal Palace, the striker must be licking his lips at the chance to play regular football and in a team that is surely going to be set up to attack.

Gayle’s only previous experience of Championship football saw him score 13 goals in 28 starts for Peterborough in 2012/13 and the striker must surely be hoping for 20+ goals this season, as he looks to be Newcastle’s main goalscorer.

Dwight Gayle speaking to NUFC TV:

“Great to go out there and play in front of the fans, we are looking forward to the start of the season now.

“Though it was frustrating being 3-0 up (watch the goals here) and conceding two at set-pieces but I suppose you just have to learn from it and fix it for the game on Friday (v Fulham).”

“We have got to understand that the teams we are going to be playing are good at attacking and we need to tighten up.

“It (his goal v Vitesse) luckily dropped to me and it is nice to get off the mark at St James Park and hopefully I’ll get a few more.”

‘There have been 14 different goalscorers this pre-season – are you confident you can get your fair share this season?’

“I’m confident in my finishing ability and we are going out there to win every game, we’re not really bothered who scores the goals but I’m going to be up there trying to help the team win as many points as possible.”

‘Is the style of play looking a positive?’

“Yes, there are some great players in the team, always creating, some great creative players going forward and it is always good to be a striker in that kind of team.

“I’m buzzing to hopefully be playing next Friday (at Craven Cottage).”