West Brom fans weren’t exactly impressed with their club’s summer transfer business.
Spending only around £10m and recouping a similar amount from sales, the Baggies not using this season’s £41m parachute payment to try and blow the oppsition away.
The big talking point of course ended up being the loan swap deal that saw Salomon Rondon head to Newcastle, with Dwight Gayle going in the other direction.
Much debate from both sets of fans on who got the best deal.
Newcastle fans have so far seen no starts for Rondon and only a half hour cameo against Tottenham to judge him on, a deflected shot hitting the Spurs crossbar.
Dwight Gayle was introduced as a sub with West Brom one down at Forest, helping them get a late draw against the relatively big spending opposition.
Starting these next two games though, Dwight Gayle has helped the Baggies go goal crazy, winning 4-3 at Norwich before thumping Steve McClaren’s QPR 7-1 on Saturday.
Gayle scored his first goal against QPR and has now already won West Brom three penalties, including two on Saturday.
West Brom fans discuss which club have got the better deal…personally, I agree with the very last comment.
West Brom fans comment via their top West Brom Index message board:
‘Dwight Gayle is quicker, better movement and better finisher than Rondon, I would say we have got the better deal.’
‘His off the ball movement is sensational. Does so much for the team without even having to ball.’
‘Definitely. Don’t know what Newcastle were thinking but who cares. At this level at least he’s a constant threat. We definitely got the better deal.
If we’d had Gayle and Harvey Barnes no way would we have gone down last season.’
‘I was half expecting J-Rod to let Dwight Gayle take the second penalty.
Impressive to win three penalties in two games.
His movement on the shoulder and sharpness in the box is too much for most championship teams.’
‘Gayle is much sharper than Rondon.
Rondon always gave 100% but his problem was his anticipation was not great.
His brain seemed to switch on a second too late meaning him just missing crosses, or having to snatch at a shot.
Gayle looks like he can turn quicker and his finish yesterday showed good timing.
I think we’ve got the better end off the deal.’
‘As long we we can keep Gayle fit he’s going to be massive for us this season.
Delighted when we signed him and I think we’ve only seen bits of what he can do. Expecting a lot of goals when he gets on a run.’
‘I’d say Gayle is a better player than Rondon.
That’s probably harsh on Rondon as it’s only been a couple of games so I’ll reconsider later in the season.
At the moment though Gayle looks sharper and his running is superb.’
‘Completely different players asked to do completely different jobs.
Gayle suits us more as a bigger fish in a littler pond but Rondon is probably more suited to club that’s a smaller fish in a big pond.
Like comparing chalk and cheese really. And I think both clubs have benefitted equal amounts.’
‘Don’t agree. Personally think Rondon is crap. He’s a trier and he works hard but he’s simply not good enough.
Bottom half of the Championship striker.’
‘He was a little casual on the first goal, he really should have tucked that one away, rather than Phillips following up.
That is the only minor thing I could say Gayle did wrong.
He was a livewire, his movement was superb, and the way he drew fouls was interesting – he never really dived or feigned anything, more just got himself into a position where the QPR player couldn’t do anything else. I didn’t feel the second one was a penalty, as I don’t think he could have kept the ball in play, but that isn’t his fault at all.
Very impressed, but can we please stop judging everything he did against Rondon. It’s like judging Robert Earnshaw against Geoff Horsfield.’
‘No comparison with Rondon, Gayle class movement chasing back work rate shouting and encouraging those around him, and finishing.
Rondon none of the above.’
‘If we get promoted and he’s happy at the Albion, buy him.
He’s a clever intelligent player, I like him and just what we needed.
He could get 20 this season, mind you so could the other 3 forwards.’
‘Thought Dwight Gayle was electric, movement and fight was fantastic.’
‘His hunger is impressive, he helps us press high up and chases down lost causes. I also really like his movement he makes clever runs and pulls defenders all over the place.’
‘Dwight Gayle works as hard as Rondón does so we’ve lost nothing in that aspect. Didn’t realise just how quick he was until yesterday.’
‘Forget comparing them, imagine Gayle with Rondon…’