West Brom were desperate to bring in Dwight Gayle, refusing to allow Salomon Rondon to come to St James Park on loan unless the Newcastle striker went in the opposite direction.
After scoring eight goals and winning his side a handful of penalties in the first two month, the striker then picked up a minor injury.
Manager Darren Moore explaining that since becoming available once again in November, Dwight Gayle can’t get in the team because of the form of others.
Left on the bench throughout November, the loan striker as come off the bench in all three matches but with team winning all three, he can’t get into the starting eleven.
Gayle made it nine goals for the season with a very clever backheel when scoring in the 4-1 win over Leeds as a sub, his goals coming at a rate of one every 111 minutes.
West Brom knowing what they were doing, as Dwight Gayle scored his 23 Newcastle goals in the Championship at a rate of one every 85 minutes.
Rafa Benitez (see below) meanwhile says that the better Gayle does for West Brom, the better it is for Newcastle. Either helping to boost a future sale price, or meaning a more confident payer coming back into the Newcastle squad.
There has been talk of a possible permanent swap deal for Rondon and Gayle in January, this would also allow Newcastle to make an extra loan deal from another Premier League club, as they have the maximum two at the moment in Kenedy and Rondon.
In the Championship it is a very tight season at the top with a few Newcastle angles. Former keeper Tim Krul is in brilliant form with Norwich who are top, then Gayle and West Brom are three points behind in fourth, whilst NUFC loan midfielder Jack Colback and Forest are sixth, six points off the top.
Darren Moore explaining to the Express and Star why Dwight Gayle has been left on the bench:
“Dwight is back.
“He has been on the bench (for the last three games after coming back from injury)
“I’m not sure if it’s going to stay that way, but he’s been on the bench in recent weeks and it’s credit to the boys (for keeping Gayle out of the team), the way they’ve been performing.
“They have really applied themselves in the right manner.
“They have been a credit to themselves, for how they’ve gone about things, showing us what they’ve got.
“It’s a squad and the rest of the players are there, chomping at the bit for the opportunity got get in.
“We’ll see fit as the games go by, with the all games we’ve got coming up.
“Dwight has been absolutely superb (despite being left out of the team)
“He is an affectionate character. He’s bubbly, he’s energetic.”
Rafa Benitez asked by the Chronicle about Dwight Gayle and his loan move:
“I have said before he was a great player for us in the Championship.
“He did well in the Premier League too but had injuries.
“He is a player that did good things.
“We know all about his movement and runs behind the defenders and that was really important for us.
“We wish him all the best because the best for him is also the best for us.”