Dwight Gayle is a must keep no matter what the club messages are
Dwight Gayle is yet to be seen in Newcastle United’s pre-season action.
Missing from both games in China, not even named on the bench, Steve Bruce mentioned a calf problem but no update since then.
The messages coming out of the club via the media are a puzzle to me.
It is all about finding him a new club and can they manage to move him on.
This being summed up by this from The Sun who claim: ‘Newcastle’s hopes of moving out Dwight Gayle are stalling because they pay him too much. Even a loan move for the striker, 28, is expensive.’
I find the whole thing quite bizarre because in the circumstances, Dwight Gayle moving on is one of the very last things we need.
When you have lost last season’s two top scorers and only have the potential of Joelinton (scored seven for Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga last season) and Miguel Almiron (yet to score for Newcastle), to sell a natural goalscorer would be crazy.
Yes he has still to properly prove himself in the Premier League but that is overstated.
At Palace he was used almost exclusively as a sub over three years and despite only 27 PL starts (and a host of sub appearances), he still managed 15 goals.
His one PL season at Newcastle saw Dwight Gayle manage only six goals in 23 starts (plus sub appearances) but he was playing in a very defensive relegation threatened team and his unselfish running contributed much to eventual safety. Also, if Jonjo Shelvey is to be first team this season, as seems likely, then Gayle is the ideal player for those balls over the top of the opposing defence. Newcastle look well short of both goals and flair/creativity, so looking at the new season that looks one of the more viable plans, if NUFC are to stand a chance going forward.
I think that like Joelinton and Almiron, Dwight Gayle is a very versatile player, capable of taking up different positions and his movement and pace are big assets.
Plus with 47 goals in his last two Championship seasons (60 starts and 12 sub appearances), he has proved to be a natural finisher.
He is obviously not a top top striker but I do think with decent service he could/would be a 10-15 goal striker in the Premier League, or in the position that Newcastle are in with some good players but a weak squad, he would contribute enough of a combination of goals, assists and effort to be worth his place.
Nobody would be happier than me if Mike Ashley belatedly bought a couple of other attacking players that were clearly far higher quality than Gayle…but I just can’t see it.
The only reason for selling Dwight Gayle would appear to be that he turns 29 in October and whilst Mike Ashley could potentially get £15m+ this summer, his value will almost certainly diminish after this window/season.
I find it ludicrous that Gayle could be moved on whilst at the same time keeping Yoshinori Muto. No offence to the former Mainz player but I struggle to see what use he will be. Rafa Benitez realised Muto wasn’t up to it last season with only five PL starts and I’m not sure what he offers. He runs around a lot but apart from that we have seen next to nothing. He played well for 45 minutes and scored at Old Trafford last season, plus took his goal well against West Ham last week but apart from that, I’m struggling.
I would rather trade him on for £5m and keep Dwight Gayle but I’m not sure Mike Ashley thinks like that.
A squad that appears to lack goals shouldn’t be trying their best to sell a natural goalscorer.
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