Eddie Howe ‘honest’ with Dwight Gayle
Eddie Howe has been talking about the Dwight Gayle situation.
Along with Jeff Hendrick and Ciaran Clark, Gayle was sent to train with the under 23s after reporting back for pre-season.
Hendrick and Clark have now both moved on, to Reading and Sheffield United respectively, with Dwight Gayle needing to follow them into the Championship for regular first team football.
Eddie Howe saying that at the end of last season he spoke to the 32 year old, explaining that he would need to find a new club as the striker is not in his plans.
Eddie Howe talking about Dwight Gayle:
“I have had a couple of conversations with Dwight.
“At the end of last season we had a good conversation and made him aware of the situation, for his own benefit, so he could take his career into its next phase.
“I was very honest with him.
“I said from day one, I had a great relationship with him, I love working with him.
“He was brilliant for the team last year and because of all those things, he deserved the utmost respect and honesty from me about the how the future lay for him.
“I wanted to give him the best chance to find his next home.
“I really hope that he goes on and has a great season next year (2022/23 season), I wish him nothing but success.”
It is now 15 months since Dwight Gayle last started a Premier League match and in the past 24 months, has only started four PL games in total.
Despite that, Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce made the bizarre decision towards the end of the 2020/21 season, to give the striker a new three year contract that would take him up to the end of June 2024.
Quite incredible, Dwight Gayle, despite rarely (if ever) playing, given a new deal that would take him up to just a few months short of his 35th birthday.
In his last two Championship seasons, Dwight Gayle scored 23 goals from 26 starts for Newcastle in 2016/17, then 24 from 34 for West Brom in 2018/19.
An ever growing list of Championship clubs are claimed to be interested in signing the Newcastle United striker.
Dwight Gayle turns 33 in October and so any buying / loaning club will be putting faith in a striker who has played very little football in recent years – 14 league starts these past three seasons since that year at West Brom.
With two years still left on his Newcastle deal, NUFC will no doubt have to compromise on the financial side of things if they are to get a Championship side to take him on.
However, Newcastle United have already shown this summer that they are prepared to do the necessary deals to help move out players who don’t feature in Eddie Howe’s plans. As well as Hendrick and Clark going out on loan, Freddie Woodman has been sold to Preston, whilst Isaac Hayden has moved to Norwich on loan with an obligation to buy if certain targets are hit.
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