Dwight Gayle speaks ahead of West Ham game – Now on 101 appearances in both PL and Championship
Dwight Gayle found himself in a tug of war in summer 2018.
Rafa Benitez wanted to buy Salomon Rondon but Mike Ashley refused to allow him to make an offer due to the striker’s age, even though Aleksandar Mitrovic had just been sold for £22m (potentially rising to £27m).
Forced into asking for a loan deal for his top striking target, Rafa wasn’t even going to get that until he reluctantly agreed that Dwight Gayle went in the other direction.
It was win win for the clubs, Salomon Rondon Newcastle’s player of the year scoring 11 PL goals and getting seven assists.
Whilst Dwight Gayle was West Brom’s player of the season as well as their top goalscorer with 24 in the Championship.
Ironically, neither club even made an offer to keep their player of the season.
West Brom because they remained in the Championship and couldn’t afford Gayle, whilst Mike Ashley simply refused, forcing Rafa and Rondon out of Newcastle, so he could force through the £40m purchase of Joelinton and revert back to his preferred model of a patsy head coach with no say on transfers.
Dwight Gayle says he was gutted to be forced out of Newcastle and the Premier League 14 months ago but is relieved to be now back and finally fit passing 100 Premier League appearances.
Looking at the stats, the striker has made exactly 101 appearances now in both Premier League and Championship.
101 Premier League appearances (Newcastle and Palace) 50 starts and 51 off bench – 21 goals.
101 Championship appearances (Newcastle, West Brom and Peterborough) 88 starts and 13 off bench – 60 goals.
Will Dwight Gayle get his first NUFC/PL start in 17 months and can he at last prove to be a regular scorer in the top tier…?
Dwight Gayle speaking to NUFC TV:
“It was something (making it to 100 Premier League appearances when a sub against Chelsea earlier this month) in the back of my mind that I wanted to achieve.
“Growing up and watching it as a kid, it’s the biggest league in the world, and to get 100 appearances is a great achievement for myself.
“It’s not nice not knowing where you are going to be (when eventually sent on loan to West Brom in summer 2018).
“I was gutted I found I couldn’t do it (get to 100+ PL appearances last season).
“To finally get it over the line was a big deal for me.
“I have to impress him (Steve Bruce) as much as I can in training.
“He has obviously taken a liking to me.
“So hopefully I can score some goals and help the team out.
“Obviously, perhaps we aren’t creating as many chances as we’d like.
“I am sure over the next few weeks we will develop stuff to help the boys up front.
“I have a lot of friends who are West Ham fans.
“Hopefully I can get a goal or two.
“West Ham are obviously a very good side and good at home.
“We know it’s going to be a difficult one.
“I think if we can keep it tight at the back I’m sure we’ll get chances on the counter attack and hopefully we can take one of them.”
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