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Claims of Dwight Gayle to Middlesbrough gives some light comic relief

3 years ago
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It feels like you are constantly swimming against the tide as ever more transfer claims are thrown at you.

I guess most football fans experience similar feelings but I can’t help but think that Newcastle supporters are singled out more than most by the media.

Being such a mental club with an owner who initiates drinking games before projectile vomiting into a pub’s fireplace, it is little wonder that newspapers can run pretty much any transfer story about NUFC and people to think that it could just about be possible.

Thursday morning sees a belter though, with The Sun claiming that if Middlesbrough miss out on Nottingham Forest’s Brett Assombalonga, they will then go for Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle.

Hmmm, so if they then get knocked back on Newcastle’s number nine, with Boro then make a move for Alexis Sanchez…and failing that go for Lionel Messi?

I now I am being (intentionally) ridiculous but The Sun did start it!

The alleged rationale of the newspaper’s tall tale, is that Rafa Benitez wants to bring in a new striker and so Dwight Gayle would be open to leaving because he wouldn’t be guaranteed first choice.

Scoring 23 Championship goals despite only starting 26 league games after a £10m move a year ago, safe to say that a goalscorer like Dwight Gayle in his prime (aged 27), in this transfer market, would be comfortably out of Middlesbrough’s reach even if he wanted to leave.

Which of course is the main point, why would Dwight Gayle be wanting to leave Newcastle at this point and why on earth would Rafa Benitez be happy to let him go?

Along with Ciaran Clark and Matt Ritchie, Gayle was one of three inspired signings by Rafa a year ago, the trio key to the title winning promotion AND all three well capable of the step up to Premier League action.

Actually all three have already shown to at least some extent that they can do it in the Premier League and to be fair, the Newcastle Manager has precious few of those in his current squad of players.

Last season saw precious little back-up to the number nine, Mitrovic a major disappointment on most occasions when given opportunities, whilst Perez isn’t a striker and struggled much of the season anyway, with only stop gap Daryl Murphy proving he was really up to the job when given his rare chances to shine.

So, next season, it looks obvious that Newcastle do need to bring in at least one quality striker – but not at the expense of Dwight Gayle.

NUFC need a forward who can play with Gayle, as well as a lone role if necessary. Identifying who that ideal player actually is, is something we can only ponder on.

It could be a make or break decision/transfer as to exactly how well Newcastle can do this coming season and you just hope that Rafa Benitez will get full backing financially if he identifies who he’d like to fit that role.

With Dwight Gayle being the main poster boy for selling both Newcastle strips and tickets this summer, safe to say that there is no intention to sell him.

Newcastle United need more goal options come August, not less.

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])

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