Craig Hope has delivered a rather big injury blow to Newcastle United as the Daily Mail journalist has claimed on his official Twitter page that Dwight Gayle “could be around three months out.”
Word on Gayle is that it could be around three months out. NUFC needed a striker anyway, this makes situation desperate. https://t.co/JSbIIF4cYz
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) August 27, 2020
This is reportedly the result of him hyper-extending his knee following a scan that he had earlier on in the week in what could be a big blow to Steve Bruce and his team being so close to the start of the new 2020/21 term.
Comparing Gayle’s stats to fellow strikers Andy Carroll, Yoshinori Muto and Joelinton in the Premier League in the 2019/20 season, only the latter averaged more shots per game, while Gayle managed to score the most goals of that quartet with four, as per Whoscored.
Does Gayle have a future at Newcastle?
The Englishman’s record in general at St James’ Park is not bad at all, having scored a relatively impressive 33 times and made a further 10 assists in 93 matches in all competitions over three campaigns, according to Transfermarkt.
Gayle’s knack for a goal may be missed at the Tyneside club when the new term starts, 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 in the last campaign, while both Carroll and Muto drew blanks in front of goal (per Whoscored), meaning that Bruce may have to dip into the transfer market for a brand new centre-forward.
On the other hand, the others will need to step up now more than ever to cover the goals that they would potentially miss while having Gayle in the side.
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