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Most transfer stories are dubious but this Dwight Gayle one just doesn’t make any sense at all

1 year ago
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A classic transfer story has now popped up about Dwight Gayle.

The striker had injury problems early in the season and didn’t look anywhere near 100% as Newcastle lost to Spurs and Huddersfield in the opening two games.

Coming back for the Bournemouth match he looked back on track and was unlucky to score but have it wrongly disallowed for offside.

Looking sharper with every match, Dwight Gayle has now scored twice in three games, smart strikes against both Man Utd and Chelsea.

Rafa Benitez has also spoken this week about how important Gayle is to Newcastle this season.

The United boss making clear (see below) the number nine is his first choice striker, his best finisher and the only one in his squad who has the pace to play in the system Rafa wants to use.

Despite this we have had the clowns at the Birmingham Mail claiming that Rafa Benitez could sell Dwight Gayle in January ‘to raise transfer funds’. They claim that Wolves are interested in the Newcastle forward.

That sounds a great idea for Newcastle, struggling for goals and now sell our only decent striker who is just coming back to full fitness and form.

Why not sell Mikel Merino and Jamaal Lascelles as well then?!!!

We all want to see the back of the poor/unwanted players to help Rafa with extra cash to bring in better players. However, it makes no sense to raise transfer funds by selling one of the small group of better players you already have, so you can take a risk on players from elsewhere.

Birmingham Mail:

‘While the club continues to be linked with foreign buys, Nuno is also considering players already plying their trade in England.

Dwight Gayle fired Newcastle United to the Championship title last season with 23 goals in 32 league appearances but the 27-year-old has been used sparingly since and could be offloaded in January as Rafa Benitez looks to raise transfer funds.’

Rafa Benitez earlier this week:

“Dwight Gayle is a good finisher.

“If we have chances he can score goals.

“That is very clear for me.

“We are in the Premier League but have to realise our level.

“A lot of games we don’t have the possession or control and we have to play counter-attack.

“When we aren’t in the final third and the striker isn’t the quickest we then have to defend well and be strong to regain the ball.

“We can play counter-attack but can’t expect certain things from certain players.

“If we don’t have the pace in the team we can’t be in there.

When we talk about Mitro or Joselu they are different to Dwight.

“Dwight has pace and the others are big and win balls in the air.

“It makes a big difference.”
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