Dwight Gayle reaches Christmas, still with a record of a goal every 90 minutes or better.

The Newcastle striker now has 17 goals at a rate of one every 86 minutes.

Little surprise that clear in second place, Brighton supply the next best – in the shape of Glenn Murray with 14 goals and an average of every 121 minutes on the pitch.

Looking at the list of the top half dozen goalscorers, it is hard not to notice the fact that three of the five closest challengers to Dwight Gayle, are all on loan from Premier League clubs.

The overall perspective must also surely be, that in general the quality of striker in the Championship is pretty poor.

When Newcastle were relegated, there was a lot of interest from Newcastle fans in looking at those with a goals pedigree already in the second tier.

The top scorers from the 2015/16 season being Andre Gray 25, Ross McCormack 21, Abel Hernandez 20 and Jonathan Kodjia 18.

Both Gray and Hernandez have stayed with promoted Burnley and Hull – but the other two in that top scorer list from 2015/16 were both snapped up by Aston Villa.

Relegated Villa paid £12m for 30 year old Ross McCormack who Newcastle were endlessly linked with, whilst Kodjia was signed in a deal that could rise to as high as £15m.

Making 33 Championship appearances between them, the two Villa strikers have only scored a combined 10 goals for an outlay of up to £27m.

The big question of course for Newcastle, is could they cope if Dwight Gayle was missing for any period of time?

Championship Top Goalscorers

Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) – 17 goals

Played 1,454 minutes at average of 86 minutes per goal.

Glenn Murray (Brighton – on loan from Bournemouth) – 14 goals

Played 1,688 minutes at average of 121 minutes per goal.

Scott Hogan (Brentford) – 13 goals

Played 1,980 minutes at average of 152 minutes per goal.

Chris Wood (Leeds) – 11 goals

Played 1,727 minutes at average of 157 minutes per goal.

Tammy Abraham (Bristol City – on loan from Chelsea) – 10 goals

Played 1,834 minutes at average of 184 minutes per goal.

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn – on loan from Southampton) – 9 Goals

Played 1,591 minutes at average of 177 minutes per goal.