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Dwight Gayle posts farewell message to West Brom and their fans as he moves on

6 days ago
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Dwight Gayle cut a frustrated figure on Tuesday night.

Watching on at the Hawthorns and powerless to influence matters on the pitch.

An eventful first leg saw the Newcastle loan striker on top form, giving the Baggies the lead before a late team collapse saw Villa score twice and Gayle unlucky to be sent off for a second yellow when a cross was played in between him and the keeper – a ball he had every right to go for.

Suspended last night, he watched his loan teammates win the second leg on the night but lose on penalties overall.

With defeat and no Premier League football to offer, Dwight Gayle has now said his goodbyes to West Brom and their fans on Wednesday morning.

Dwight Gayle via his Twitter account:

“Gutted to finish the season like that as the team and fans were immense last night.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved at West Brom for your support over the season it’s been a pleasure.”

West Brom fans have predictably reacted with messages hoping he will still sign permanently but both his message and common sense tells you this isn’t going to happen.

Easy to see why Baggies fans are desperate for Dwight Gayle to stay.

They voted him player of the season.

They voted him scorer of the WBA goal of the season.

Gayle was top scorer with 24 league goals, two ahead of Jay Rodriguez.

Rodriguez took eight penalties this past season and most of them were won by Gayle.

The 24 Dwight Gayle goals came in only 34 starts (plus six appearances as a sub).

When you consider Gayle scored 23 for Newcastle in the 2016/17 promotion from only 26 starts (and six sub appearances)…

That makes it an amazing 47 goals in his last 60 Championship starts (and 12 sub appearances).

I think beyond doubt he will be at a Premier League club next season, whether it is Newcastle or elsewhere.

Not saying  he will/would be ever prolific in the top tier but I do think people are harsh in their judgement.

Last (2017/18) season he played in a Newcastle team that relied on a solid defence and grabbing the odd goal, he should have scored a few more than the six goals (23 starts and 12 sub appearances) but generally he played an unselfish role dragging defenders out wide etc.

Previously with Crystal Palace, he was given no proper run in the team and was mostly on the bench. He scored 15 goals from 27 Premier League starts over three seasons (plus 37 sub appearances).

So in total Dwight Gayle has scored 21 goals for Palace and NUFC from 50 PL starts (and 49 sub appearances). Not great but not terrible.

Whether it is a bottom half club or one of the promoted three, at least one of them will be prepared to pay £15m+ to land him. goalscorers are the toughest players to sign/attract. That is of course if he isn’t still at Newcastle.

Regardless though, he won’t be at West Brom next season. Even if others might not agree, Dwight Gayle himself will be 100% focused on having another chance in the Premier League next season and prove he can be a double figures scorer at that level. If playing regularly I would bet on him to do it.

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