Carlton Palmer has tipped Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle to seal a switch to West Bromwich Albion, as reported by This is Futbol.
The Lowdown: Newcastle reshape their squad ahead of 2021/22
As the Toon look towards the 2021/22 Premier League campaign, much change is expected to engulf the St James’ Park outfit.
Whilst being linked with moves for Matt Grimes and Kristoffer Ajer, Newcastle United have let go of club icon Andy Carroll alongside winger Christian Atsu as they reshape ahead of the new season [Chronicle Live].
However, it now seems that former England international Palmer believes that Gayle could be next in line to exit the North East, following previous Baggies interest in the experienced poacher dating back to May [HITC].
Should Newcastle let Gayle leave St James' Park?
The Latest: Palmer talks up Gayle to West Brom possibility
“He’s certainly got goals in him in that league, for sure, certainly got plenty of goals in him in that league,”
“If you’re going to get promoted, you’ve got to get 87, 88 points, so you’re going to need goals. Gayle will get goals in that league all day long.”
The Verdict: Gayle would be an asset for anyone; Newcastle or beyond
Prolific in nature, Palmer is right to point out that Gayle can have a considerable impact in front of goal when supplied efficiently.
Despite playing a bit-part role in recent seasons, he has impressively registered 45 goal contributions in 113 games for the Geordies; 34 goals and 11 assists [Transfermarkt].
Perhaps most memorably, the Englishman spearheaded the Newcastle United attack admirably in 2016/17, helping his side to Sky Bet Championship promotion with 23 efforts from 32 outings [Transfermarkt].
Once labelled as ‘brilliant’ by his previous manager, Rafael Benitez, he possesses distinctive qualities that he has consistently demonstrated throughout his career [Chronicle Live].
With his contract due to expire at the end of June, there is still much uncertainty surrounding his contractual situation after several months of negotiations [The Mag].
Though it could be the correct time for Gayle to move on after five years on Tyneside, his capability to convert chances could be hard to replace for Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce. Only time will tell with regards to where his future endeavours lie.
In other news, Alan Nixon drops a promising Newcastle United budget update.
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