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Don Goodman claims Dwight Gayle never got a proper chance at Newcastle United

2 years ago
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Don Goodman thinks Dwight Gayle is ‘a guarantee of goals at Championship level’ but also thinks he would do it in the Premier League, if getting a proper go at it.

Goodman thinks the loan move is ‘brilliant’ for West Brom and says he is a ‘big admirer’ of the Newcastle striker.

At Crystal Palace, Dwight Gayle was only given 27 PL starts over three years and 37 appearances off the bench, but still delivered a respectable 15 goals.

At Newcastle, 23 goals in 26 Championship starts (and six from the bench) left you wondering how many he could have got if staying injury free and being fully fit all season.

However, six goals for Newcastle in the Premier League last season reinforced many people’s opinion that he was lethal in the second tier but not quite up to it in the Premier League.

Rafa Benitez gave Gayle 23 starts last season and 12 off the bench but more than not being a certain starter, it is tough to play as a lone striker in a team such as Newcastle’s which was never going to score loads of goals.

I think on the chances he had, Gayle was probably three or four goals short of what he could/should have got but it wasn’t as though anybody could have expected more than nine or ten or so.

I would have loved to have seen how Dwight Gayle could have done playing with Salomon Rondon this season but it wasn’t to be.

There have been claims this week that a permanent swap deal could be on the cards in January, which would mean Newcastle could also bring in another loan signing from a Premier league club.

Don Goodman talking to the Express and Star:

“I am a big admirer of Dwight Gayle.

“It was a brilliant move getting him in, he’s a guarantee of goals at Championship level.

“I personally believe, given an opportunity at the higher level, he will score goals.

“He never got a consistent chance at Crystal Palace or Newcastle.

“He’s got a bit of pace about him and he can stick the ball in the back of the net.

“If they (West Brom) are not near the top it will be a very disappointing season.

“They have to be, by the very nature of the club, the fans demand it, the stature of the club demands it.

“They have to at least be contending at the top of the table and as a minimum finish in a play-off position.

“But Villa have had one of the strongest squads in the league for the last couple of seasons…it’s one of the toughest leagues in the world, it’s quite unique.

“There’s only five or six clubs that haven’t been Premier League clubs, they all know what it’s like to taste it, the financial rewards are enormous.

“West Brom are one of a number of very big clubs who are striving to get back in the Premier League.”

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