Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson has urged the club to bring Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle to the club this month.
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Gayle spent last season on loan at West Brom, scoring 24 times as they were knocked out of the play-offs – but has had limited opportunities since returning to St. James’ Park.
Injury meant that Gayle did not even make the matchday squad until the start of October and had been named as a substitute in every league game since, before making his first start of the season at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson feels that he would score the goals to get Leeds promoted – and suggested his omission from Newcastle’s FA Cup squad at the weekend is a sign of a move being potentially on the cards.
He said: “I’d do everything possible to get him.
“He’s not getting his game time at Newcastle, he wasn’t in the cup squad against Rochdale, whether that was through injury or because they didn’t want him to get cup-tied going forward.
“He might have a slight injury and wants to look after himself because of a potential move.
“If he became available, it’ll be an absolute no-brainer signing for Leeds and he’d score the goals we need.
“Whether the manager would want to replace Patrick Bamford – as he plays him week-in, week-out – Gayle will not come to Leeds to sit on the bench, he’s doing that at Newcastle, he won’t be happy to do that.
“But if a player like him became available, I’d sign him, 100%.”
Gayle’s record in the second tier last season suggests he could take to the task of firing Leeds up like a duck to water.
However, as Robinson highlights, Marcelo Bielsa’s faith in Patrick Bamford – which saw former loanee Eddie Nketiah offered a restricted amount of playing time – may lower the chances of the Championship leaders being interested.
Therefore, a change of policy may be required if they are to bring the 29-year-old to Elland Road, though that may yet be the price they have to pay in order to secure Premier League football next year.
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