It looks increasingly likely that Dwight Gayle has played his last competitive game for Newcastle united.

Rafa Benitez is set to make some big calls with only 11 days until transfer deadline day, as he tries to conjure up a team/squad that can survive in the Premier League this coming season.

Gayle’s departure looking very much as though it is going to be one of those big calls.

Joselu has started all three friendlies so far, in the single striker role.

Dwight Gayle limited to only the second-half at St Patrick’s Athletic in the 2-0 victory.

He was left out of the squad altogether for the 2-2 draw at Hull, then at Porto last night, Rafa Benitez chose to not use him.

After the very fortunate 0-0 draw (Newcastle didn’t force the home keeper to make a save), Rafa Benitez was asked if Dwight Gayle was injured.

The United boss replying: ‘No. (It is because) We have too many players…and we have to manage the players that we have. There were three or four players that didn’t play tonight.’

Obviously Rafa Benitez never tells lies BUT he does stretch the truth at times.

The other players who didn’t get a game were third choice keeper Rob Elliot and kids, Victor Fernandez and Josef Yarney.

Dwight Gayle featured in 35 of Newcastle’s 38 Premier League matches last season and leaving him out of these friendly games surely tells us the striker is set to leave. If Gayle was any part of Rafa’s plans then he would have come on last night, rather than the likes of Adam Armstrong and Callum Roberts, or of course actually started the match.

It looks as though Rafa is making sure Dwight Gayle stays injury free, so he can be sold to help fund another striker purchase, or even potentially be part of a swap deal, with Salomon Rondon appearing to be a good bet.

Last night, Sky Sports’ Keith Downie also had a word with the manager about Dwight Gayle, Downie saying ‘Rafa Benitez has just confirmed to me he still needs another striker after the capture of Muto and sale of Mitrović. Asked him if that included keeping Gayle and he said “it depends.”

This is anything but ideal, for the manager to be forced into having to wait so late to bring in the attacking players he desperately wanted/needed.

Rafa Benitez has already told us that players he is going for now, aren’t first or second choice on his list for any position but instead way down.

With Yoshinori Muto still waiting for the work permit and another striker still yet to be signed, the manager is set to hopefully get new attacking options, but ones who he will have had no pre-season preparation with.

Another classic Mike Ashley manoeuvre, making it as difficult as possible for his manager ahead of what looks a very competitive Premier League season.

  • Paul Cannell

    We’ll sell an average player and bring in yet another average player, and no doubt make money on the deal.
    This is the ashley way. 4th bottom is the target for the season.

    • Jezza

      Spot on. The way Fatso sees it, you don’t need to strengthen a team that finished 10th when they only need to finish 17th. Much better to pocket all the profits and sell a couple of first teamers too as a nice little financial bonus.

  • mentalman

    It could just be rafa managing a player who is injury prone and struggles with confidence, had he played badly he would have been ruined for the start of the season.

  • Albert Stubbins

    A poor mans Danny Ings!! lets hope thats his replacement.

    • Geordiegiants

      At the minute, I think Danny Ings would be a good player for us. He wants to prove himself, so he would certainly be trying his best. That said, I’m sure Mitro tried his best and look at how that turned out.

      • Lhc

        I agree. I’d like to see danny ings brought in with the mitro money as our main man and say Peter crouch for a season just as a bit part player. I think he would come in very handy even at 37 year old.

        • Lewis SG

          I heard Rivaldo is available too

          • Lhc

            Probably still better than Gayle & joselu.

          • Geordiegiants

            Certainly the Hoss.

          • Lhc

            With his height and presence even at 37 I still think with the right service he would get 8-12 goals next season. Very cheap fee and he would jump at the chance to come here in what I would think, his last season in football maybe.

          • Geordiegiants


          • panther

            if you have a shovel we could get Eusabio

          • SuperDesHamilton

            It shows you the level of stupidity folk on here possess when they want peter crouch & think paying 20 odd million for a striker who’s barely played or scored for a few years is good business.

            Their English that’s why he like them he despises anyone foreign

          • Lhc

            😂😂😂 just keep embarrassing yaself kid 👋

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You’ve just suggested Peter crouch as a signing…

            You little bottle job

        • Geordiegiants

          What happened to your #?

          • Lhc

            No need anymore, gets out this week.

          • Geordiegiants


          • SuperDesHamilton

            Bet your weak at the knees waiting at The prison gates you weirdo

      • Squintytoonarmy

        Ings could be the one but no guarantee he will come up with the goods. Hopefully clear of injury but even prior to that I can remember one profilic season. Even if Rafa had 35 mill to spend who do you think is out there, Liverpool value Origi at 26 mill and he done nowt. Difficult conundrum this striker business

  • Toontaff

    Aarons, Saivet, Lazaar??? Lejeune crocked.
    Sterry looks to be our right back cover.
    3 senior keepers: Dubravka, Darlow, Elliott.
    Defence: Yedlin, Sterry. Schar, Lascalles, Clark. Dummett, Manquillo.
    Midfield : Kenedy, Atsu. Murphy, Ritchie. Diame, Shelvey, Ki, {Hayden}
    Forwards : Perez, Muto, Joselu, Gayle.
    That’s 22 including Hayden. We need 3 just for a 25 man squad. Some so-called trolls keep saying we need to sell/offload deadwood before we buy. Why would we offload Gayle?

    • Geordiegiants

      No you’ve got that a little wrong. Add the three players you don’t want to add and that’s 25. Just because we don’t have them in the first team or Rafa doesn’t want them, their wages still have to be paid. The thing is, even if we sold them, they would be replaced with equally as shyte players.

      • Toontaff

        If we loan out those 3, like last season, we’ll need 3 more. Bryan, Rondon and a free centre-half?

        • Geordiegiants

          Don’t forget Mitro isn’t on that list above either. If and it’s a big IF we can loan them out it would be nice, we have also offloaded 12 players already this season some loan some released, only 2 sold.
          There is no doubt our club is over loaded with deadwood, we do need to get rid of some shyte permanently before we can start adding more.

          • Ben Jones

            But that’s what the so-called-trolls have been saying, mate even when they’re right we have a policy on here of just denying what they say, we can’t allow anyone to think they do get things right, even though they do

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah but they know I’m not a troll, I have varying views to everyone on here. I agree with lots of people about lots of things, but at the same time I disagree with the same people on different issues. I’m not here to just take thepiss unlike some.

          • Ben Jones

            Fair reply bud. Can’t fault ya

  • Mrkgw

    The signing of Rondon is a concern as he is far from prolific. Does Rafa actually want goals? Another season of a blunt forward line beckons unless, Muto can do the business. And where is the Mitrovic money going? ASHLEY OUT!

  • Stephen Clifford

    Ashley has brought this club down over the years. Put a cap on his head, give him a sheepskin coat and cigar and let him drive a three wheeler, we now have our on delboy. At least the one on TV was funny.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Yeah…….the one we’ve got is as funny as piles……

  • kingfisher

    We need a “proper” striker. Someone who can virtually guarantee 20 odd goals a season. The obvious hitch is that he would cost North of £30 million, and with all due respect to our latest ( and proposed ) signings, it’s exactly the same situation as when we signed Joselu, as lots of posts on here said: if you pay £4 million for a striker, all you get is a £4 million striker, he may get a few goals but nowhere near as many as a proven Premier League goal scorer would get.

    If this was any other Premier League club, if we get £20 mill for Mitro,you would expect the owner to add another £10/£15 mill to break our transfer record and get a proven goal scorer in! But with Ashley at the helm there’s no chance of that.

    • Jezza

      You’d expect the owner of any other club to add £10 to £15 million to the Mitro fee to buy a new striker but at this club you fully expect the owner to subtract £10 to £15 million from that fee.

      • kingfisher

        Again ,spot on Jezz

      • HarryHype59

        Fatty wants to get 2018 TV income levels, but wants to pay 1998 prices for new players.

      • FatParosite

        It will all be on drip to sabotage Benitez too.

    • Danimal

      These 20 goal strikers tend to play for 65 to 75 goal teams. Sadly that’s not us anymore, we’re a 40 to 45 goal team, full of workers, grinding out points with 1-0 wins and low scoring draws. Hopefully we’ll get a slight upgrade through Rafa’s wheeling and dealing and maybe move up to being a 50 to 55 goal team. Of course it shouldn’t be this way but here we are.

      • Exactly! We aren’t the Entertainers anymore. We need players who can step up and lead the team or bounce back. I doubt we’ll end up beating top 6 sides with anything but a goal difference this year (if we’re lucky that is)

  • Tino11

    I think Rafa wants a striker who is a bit more physical and better at hold up play than Mutu to start and play most of the game, he can then bring Mutu on for the last 15-20 mins with his pace and energy to grab a goal on the counter.

    • steve

      Someone like Mitrovic?

      • Tino11

        Well in a way yes, but obviously Rafa didn’t trust him or didn’t rate him to do that job, not much point in debating him anymore.

      • Atilla McNamee

        No, we need someone who is prepared to work the channels and can finish chances when they are presented at a rate of better than 1 in 4

    • Peaky

      Similar set up to rugby union……finishers I think they call them….maybe,good shout.

      • Tino11

        Yes something like that, obviously I’m sure Rafa would like us to be winning when we bring on a sub but we don’t have a lot of possession or create many chances so if we are drawing 0-0 or 1-1 then we could bring on Mutu to help us grab a late win, I think Rafa saw Gayle as being that type of late impact player last season but it just never turned out that way for him, for the most part.

    • mentalman

      A lot of people are touting mutu as perez’ replacement/ competition in the no10 role.

      In all honesty i know nothing about the guy so will just need to wait and see what happens

    • You don’t even know his name. Muto is Japanese, not Romanian (Mutu is a Romanian name). And he’s better than all our strikers at the moment, with only Perez kinda close/equal.
      You’ve not seen the guy play, I have. We are bringing in another CF and Winger for sure.

      • Tino11

        So I hit u instead of o, I wasn’t thinking of romanian Mutu who is retired! I know where he is from you dimebar, I have watched him play, I took the whole month off and watched nearly every game in the world cup. I didn’t say we weren’t bringing in another striker or that he is worse than what we have, I said I thought Rafa wants a more physical striker as our main striker, I stand by that and I bet the striker we bring in is more physical than Muto.

        • panther


  • Fred Hartley

    it’s Ashley that’s the problem. not releasing decent funds for rafa to work with

    • Geordiegiants

      Who gives Jabba the money?

      • panther

        52000 idiots

  • Nut

    Do any of you actually seriously think that Mitrovic is worth what Fulham are paying?

    People are saying you have to pay 30 million plus for a striker but paying.that much is still no guarantee of quality.

    There are quality players less known with lower fees to be paid, we prove it all the time.

    The trouble is when ever we go in for someone the details inevitably leak esp with French sides and the price goes up massively!

    • Squintytoonarmy

      In the BBC the scousers are valuing Origi at 26 mill!!!

      • Nut

        Yeah because they know Benítez is a fan of him and has maybe money from sale of Mitro so they will chance their luck.

        Is he worth it?

        Probably not since hasn’t done that well when loaned out so far.

        Maybe a loan and agreed fee if we like him.

        But I wouldn’t want us paying that much for someone unproven.

        Think we are more likely to get Ings at 20 million or so…

        • Superdooperhooper

          Newcastle spending 20m on a player? Martial? Rashford? Well it’s nice to meet an optimist

  • Toon

    Gayle is average in the Premier League but at least he isn’t Joselu, would he be replaced? Doubt it

    • I recon none is much better/worse than the other.

  • East Durham Mag

    Hooray millions more for Rafa’s transfer warchest, Nurse nurse, i think my meds have worn off.

    • HarryHype59

      More swelling of the coffers of Mash/St.James, in other words Ashley.

  • HarryHype59

    I don’t rate Gayle as a premiership player. However, I fear his replacement would be even worse. That is of course assuming he is replaced!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Gayle leaves we`re down to the Hoss and the Geordie Ninja.
    it`s like a never ending nightmare

    • DeadToiler

      Don’t pick on Joselu he does his best

  • Gayle is not playing because Rafa doesn’t want to risk getting him injured. As you have seen, defenders and midfield replacements can be found on the cheap, but a half-decent striker will cost you at least 17-18m+. Rafa could sell Gayle if a replacement is brought before that, but he is not risking his only decent Striker. Joss can get injured and we wouldn’t be left missing much and that’s why he’s starting all friendlies. There could also be an offer coming for him from Spain, who knows.

  • Mike

    total shambles and a disgrace

  • kingfisher

    The sentence above stating: “Rafa Benitez is set to make some big calls with only 11 days until transfer deadline day, as he tries to conjure up a team/squad that can survive in the Premier League this coming season.” sums up the disgraceful state of affairs at N.U.F.C
    “A TEAM THAT CAN SURVIVE” ?………………..Thanks Mr Ashley