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West Brom make official announcement on Dwight Gayle future

4 weeks ago
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Dwight Gayle was forced to sit out the game that decided West Brom’s future.

Unlucky to be sent off in the first leg of the play-off semi-final after scoring in a 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa, the Newcastle loan striker was forced to sit and watch as the Baggies lost on penalties.

That shootout failure has also decided Gayle’s immediate future.

West Brom’s Sporting and Technical Director Luke Dowling revealing that a decision has been made now the loan spell is ending.

Dowling says that he knows it will be not what West Brom fans want to hear but they are definitely not buying Dwight Gayle.

The Sporting Director explaining: ‘Dwight’s contract is a Premier League contract. We will pay Premier League contracts but only when we are back in the Premier League.’

This is a massive blow for Baggies fans as they had named him player of the year, scorer of the goal of the season, after he finished top scorer with 24 Championship goals.

Hardly a massive surprise really, when you look at how West Brom approached the season just gone after relegation.

They only spent £11m last summer and made a £13m profit on transfers when selling £24m worth of players. The club’s recruitment revolving around two free transfers and seven loans, which included Dwight Gayle.

There had been much debate amongst Newcastle fans as to how West Brom’s play-off campaign would affect the chances of NUFC buying Salomon Rondon.

With now no possibility of a swap deal for Dwight Gayle, West Brom failing doesn’t appear to have helped.

West Brom’s Sporting and Technical Director Luke Dowling talking to BBC West Midlands about Dwight Gayle:

“Dwight’s contract is a Premier League contract.

“We will pay Premier League contracts but only when we are back in the Premier League.

“I know it won’t be the news Albion fans want to hear, but they need to trust us, and know we are doing everything right for this football club.

“We don’t want to keep players on big contracts and then have to lay off normal staff and make people redundant.

“We have good people behind the scenes.

“We want to do that and still have a really competitive wage bill on the pitch, which we will have next year.”

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