Luke Edwards has given a rather worrying injury update on Newcastle United ace Dwight Gayle.
As per a tweet from the Daily Telegraph journalist, the 29-year old will have a scan on his injury but it “doesn’t look good” according to his medical staff.
Gayle hyper-extended his knee but the extent of the damage and time out is not yet known.
Dwight Gayle will have scan this afternoon but doesn’t look good according to medical staff. Hyper-extended his knee but extent of damage and time out not yet known. As for signings, no sense of frustration yet so can’t have missed on main targets as things stand #NUFC
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) August 26, 2020
Indeed, this is surely a worry for both Steve Bruce and Newcastle going into the 2020/21 season.
Comparing Gayle’s stats to fellow strikers Andy Carroll, Yoshinori Muto and Joelinton in the Premier League in the 2019/20 term, only the latter averaged more shots per game, while Gayle managed to score the most goals of that quartet with just four (via Whoscored).
Does Gayle have a future at Newcastle?
The Englishman’s record at St James’ Park is not bad at all, having scored a relatively impressive 33 times and provided a further 10 assists in 93 games in all competitions across three campaigns (per Transfermarkt).
Gayle’s knack for a goal may be missed in the northeast when the new season starts, assuming that his injury is serious, leaving Bruce with very few genuine goalscorers for their first game away at David Moyes’ West Ham United on the weekend of 12/13 September.
Indeed, Joelinton only registered two goals in the top flight last term, while both Carroll and Muto drew blanks (via Whoscored), meaning that Bruce may have to dip into the transfer market for a new centre-forward.
On the other hand, the manager will be hoping that Gayle’s injury is not as bad as first feared, so that he can join up with the Newcastle squad in time for the season’s opening match.
Geordies, would Gayle be a huge loss if he isn’t fit for the season opener? Comment below with your views!
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