Newcastle United have been tipped to give Dwight Gayle a brand new deal by former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan.
The former Crystal Palace ace only has a few months left on his current contract at St. James’ Park, with speculation that he may be sold in the January transfer window or reach a pre-contract agreement with another club.
Does Gayle have a future at Newcastle?
However, speaking to Football Insider, Whelan has backed the Tyneside club to offer him a new deal in order to prolong his stay in the North East:
“Gayle deserves a new contract and I think he will get one because he is a natural goal scorer. That is what you get with him.
“He nearly got a goal before he scored that amazing header and it was amazing – there is no doubt about that. A fantastic cross but he still had lots to do. He was unsighted but the contact was perfect.
“The fact that he has been out for a long time, he looked really sharp at the weekend. He was getting on the ball, holding it up and you do not get too many goal scorers like Dwight Gayle.
“What a weapon to have on the bench right now. There is no harm in offering him an extra year of year and a half on a contract to keep him at the club.
“Give him that opportunity because he has been injured. It would be wrong not to give him the opportunity to showcase what he can do in the Premier League.”
Gayle has proven himself in the Premier League
Gayle has proven that he can do it in the top flight, having scored a total of 26 goals and made a further six assists in 126 games in all competitions for both the Eagles and the Magpies over six terms (Transfermarkt).
The 30 year-old even scored the winner against West Brom in England’s highest division most recently to earn his team all three points, a goal which was lauded by Toon legend Alan Shearer on Twitter.
Nonetheless, Gayle is a player that Steve Bruce would surely like to keep in his squad, given his pedigree in the EPL added to the fact that he could be a very handy back-up option to Callum Wilson if the latter is misfiring in front of goal or is out injured for a long period of time.
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