Dwight Gayle goes into today’s match as Newcastle’s top goalscorer with 19 goals.
That also happens to make him the Championship top scorer AND top scorer of all 92 clubs in the top four divisions (stats HERE).
With a goal every 86 minutes on the pitch, Newcastle fans are wondering just how many more he can add with still 20 Championship games remaining.
However, as we head into the match at Blackburn, Dwight Gayle is being a little bit over the top in wanting to put a little too much credit elsewhere.
The number nine claims that ‘90% of my goals are coming from inside the six yard box’ and says ‘you need to understand that the team is doing a lot for me’.
Whilst a typical Dwight Gayle goal is a cross from the right close to the line from the right hand side via the likes of Hayden, Shelvey, Yedlin and Ritchie (such as the third goal v Forest), it is the mix of goals that has made Gayle such a dangerous player.
The decisive second goal against Forest on Friday night may have been scored from inside the six yard box but it was only Gayle’s persistence and an excellent finish from a tight angle that produced the goal.
I think the Newcastle striker’s goals are probably a pretty even split between the six yard poacher ones and others such as his 30 yard free-kick v Reading and brilliant finish on the run at Bristol City.
However, it is an art in itself being first to the ball in the six yard box, making the right movement, plus at times gambling on a situation – and what is clear is that Newcastle have nobody else who comes close to Dwight Gayle’s ability up front.
Sky Sports reported last night that their information was that Newcastle are preparing a move for Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and it will be interesting to see what, if anything, Rafa Benitez does to supplement the goal power of the player who is currently English football’s most deadly forward.
Dwight Gayle speaking to the Chronicle:
“It’s really nice to get the goals – this is what I love doing and after each goal it’s just a fantastic feeling.
“Obviously I need to pay a lot of credit to the team though and what they’re doing for me, as a good 90% of my goals are coming from inside the six yard box.
“You need to understand that the team is doing a lot for me and I love playing in front of the quality we have got, long may it continue.
“Fantastic for me to be on 19 goals at this stage.
“At times I perhaps get a bit frustrated because I maybe don’t get to touch the ball as much as I want but when I do get to touch the ball, it’s obviously in good positions and I’m scoring, so I can’t argue really.
“I grow in confidence when I score the first goal but I also think that as a team when we score the first goal, the opposition seem to come out of their shells and we go on to play our best football when we’re in the lead.
“But we need to learn perhaps to play better when it’s 0-0 or we’re 1-0 down too.”