Dwight Gayle may have been overtaken for the Golden Boot but he is having the time of his life.
With 21 goals already this season and back playing and amongst the scorers on Saturday, falling one behind to Leeds’ Chris Wood is a relatively minor detail.
Far more importantly, Dwight Gayle has added another Geordie to the black and white world, his daughter born last month in the RVI.
Describing his daughter as ‘one of the best things that has ever happened to me’ and that he hopes she (and he) get to spend a lot more time on Tyneside.
When it comes to his working life, Dwight Gayle says he’s ‘enjoying my football the most I ever have’, so little wonder he says it is ‘100%’ one of the best times of his life.
On the football side of things the number nine is targeting goals but says he won’t mind not scoring another one, just so long as Newcastle are promoted.
I think we all know that he isn’t telling quite the whole truth there as any striker is only truly happy when winning and scoring – I wouldn’t bet against both of these things happening a fair few times in the remaining 11 matches.
Dwight Gayle talking to NUFC TV:
“It was a fantastic feeling to be back playing and scoring (at Huddersfield), helping out the team.
“Obviously the last few weeks have been fantastic for us, great team performances and brought the team close together. So to be involved again is fantastic for me.
“It (goal v Huddersfield) was a bit of a lucky one but I felt we were maybe going to get another chance because they were obviously pushing for it. SO the ball came out and I started to gamble and thankfully it dropped for me.
“We have expanded the gap but we know we have some big games coming up – Tuesday/Saturday – and the rest of the season.”
‘A baby daughter born last month, how’s fatherhood?’
“Fantastic, loving every minute, one of the best things that has ever happened to me and I can’t wait for the future.
“She was born in the RVI, so she’s a little Geordie and hopefully she gets to spend some more time here and hopefully I can continue performing for the team.”
‘With the goals as well, is it fair to say this is one of best times of your life?’
“100% and I’m enjoying my football the most I ever have.
“We have come on leaps and bounds since the first win of the season against Reading, everybody is improving individually as well as a team.
“Reading are a great possession side and carry a threat going forward. They are going to be up for it as much as we are.”
‘You have just been overtaken in the race to the Golden Boot, is that something you think about?’
“Of course you think about it, you see other people scoring and bit upset not being able to do anything but hopefully I’m back fit for the rest of the season and I can push on and give it a good run.
“I don’t mind though if I don’t score again if we can get promotion.”