Dwight Gayle fancies picking up a medal this season, saying ‘loads of quality players will go through their careers without winning anything’.

I think we all know a few fans who wouldn’t mind seeing a trophy as well…

Despite being out injured, the NUFC number nine says ‘It’s a good laugh at the club at the moment’.

Continuing a theme of featuring players who aren’t going to be playing, the official match programme for Leeds has an interview with Dwight Gayle and features him on the cover, against Burton it was Massadio Haidara (interviewed and on the cover) who hasn’t started a league game since 2015!

Having scored the most league goals this season than at any time in previous years, Dwight Gayle says ‘this season is probably my best ever in terms of enjoyment and performance as well’.

A bit of a worry though that he he is now out with his fourth hamstring injury in the past 18 months, at least Rafa Benitez had positive news on Thursday, The United boss saying Gayle had started running again but wasn’t able to join in with full training.

In contrast to lazy journalists claiming that Newcastle fans hate anybody living south of Gateshead, the former Palace striker declares that the Newcastle fans ‘were really welcoming’ and that the people of Tyneside are ‘lovely, polite, welcoming’.

Dwight Gayle believes Newcastle is ‘a lovely city and a great club to be around at the moment’, let’s hope we’re all still saying this in 12 months time.

Dwight Gayle talking to the official NUFC programme (v Leeds):

“It’s a good laugh at the club at the moment and the atmosphere’s a good one to be around. I’m loving it.

“Scoring goals helps, each time I score it’s a great buzz.

“At the start of the season, we all had hopes of getting promoted. We’re in a good position now. We can’t get overconfident.

“I think the most important thing is to stay focussed, keep working hard and hopefully we’ll get there.

“Everyone wants to win things. Loads of quality players will go through their careers without winning anything, so it would be really nice to cap off the season with a title winners’ medal.

“This season’s probably my best ever in terms of enjoyment and performance as well.

“For me, I think I’ve settled in really well, the area is nice, I think the people are lovely, polite, welcoming. It’s a lovely city and a great club to be around at the moment.

“The fans, as well as all the coaching staff, were really welcoming.

“With the fact there were so many new signings, you felt like everyone was settling in together – it wasn’t like you were coming into a settled changing room.

“Everyone has got on so well and it’s a great testament to the fact the gaffer brought in some good characters as well as players. We’ve settled in together and there’s a good team spirit.”