Dwight Gayle says the best thing about playing at Newcastle is playing in front of fifty two thousand fans at St James Park, as well as the travelling support.

Asked about the significance of his squad number, the striker says he feels ‘privileged’ to wear the number nine shirt.

Gayle says that it was amazing to meet and be congratulated by Alan Shearer after scoring a hat-trick in the 4-3 win over Norwich.

Born and bred in Walthamstow, London, only natural for Dwight Gayle to admit he supported Manchester United…

As for his initiation, the Newcastle striker says the other players weren’t impressed by his rendition of Wonderwall by Oasis.

Dwight Gayle quizzed by Sky Sports:

What is the best thing about playing for Newcastle?

Playing in front of 52,000 fans every week and selling out away stadiums every week as well. It’s fantastic and amazing to play in front of them.”

Toughest opponent so far this season?

“Dominic Iorfa at Wolves. He has a lot of good attributes and they were good when they were played against and made it hard. They were a tough team to play and beat us on the day.”

What is your squad number and what is its significance?

“Number nine and I know the history it holds and it’s fantastic to wear it. I feel privileged to do so.

Alan Shearer congratulated me when I scored my hat-trick against Norwich and there was a bit of amazement to hear from him.

“Watching him play when I was growing up, it’s amazing to get that sort of comment.”

Which team do you support?

“I don’t really. You don’t really support anyone when you start playing, you just concentrate on the team you play for. When I was growing up it was Manchester United.”

What was your initiation song at Newcastle when you joined?

“Wonderwall by Oasis. It got booed off, the boys were not too happy. I’m a bit tone deaf. Grant (Hanley) was a great singer…he was curled up in a ball but what came out of his mouth was decent!”

Where will Newcastle finish this season?

“Top I hope, but we’re not getting complacent so we need to keep going and pick up results and see where it takes us at the end of the season.”

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