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Ray Parlour comes out with less than striking prediction for Dwight Gayle

5 years ago

Former Arsenal player turned pundit, Ray Parlour, has came up with a less than startling prediction for Dwight Gayle.

After the Newcastle striker made it seven goals in his last four matches and 11 for the season, Ray Parlour says he thinks Gayle is a ‘certainty’ to finish as the Championship’s top scorer.

Not exactly the Nostradamus of the new millennium….

Ray Parlour talking to Talksport:

“He was a brilliant signing.

“He is a poacher and he gets in the right positions.

“I thought he was a certainty to finish as top scorer in the Championship.”

Looking at the stats of the Championship’s top scorers it becomes obvious that Dwight Gayle is not just impressing with the sheer number of goals he has scored.

The Newcastle forward has on average scored a goal every 87 minutes he has been on the pitch, 41 minutes less than the next best, Bristol City’s Tammy Abraham.

When it comes to accuracy as well, Gayle has got 23 of his 37 shots on target, an average of 62%. Only Brentford’ Scott Hogan has bettered that with 70% on target.

However, it also becomes obvious just what an advantage Dwight Gayle has with his supporting cast of Shelvey, Ritchie and the rest. With 37 shots that is way more than any of the other leading scorers, Hogan next with 30 and then Leeds’ Chris Wood with 29.

Stats on Championship top scorers from BBC Sport:

11 Dwight Gayle – Newcastle (953 minutes – 87 per goal) 62% of shots on target (23 of 37)

8 Tammy Abraham – Bristol City (1025 minutes – 128 per goal) 57% of shots on target (12 of 21)

8 Scott Hogan – Brentford (1170 minutes – 146 per goal) 70% of shots on target (21 of 30)

6 Cameron Jerome – Norwich (1054 minutes – 176 per goal) 44% of shots on target (8 of 18)

6 Danny Ward – Rotherham (1149 minutes – 192 per goal) 56% of shots on target (14 of 25)

6 Glenn Murray – Brighton (989 minutes – 165 per goal) 50% of shots on target (13 of 26)

6 Chris Wood – Leeds (1065 minutes – 178 per goal) 45% of shots on target (13 of 29)


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