Newcastle United had agreed a deal for Dwight Gayle to join West Bromwich Albion on loan, but the striker turned the move down, according to The Chronicle.
The agreement was that Gayle would join Slaven Bilic’s side for the season, with Newcastle receiving £5m, with a guaranteed £15m transfer to be made if the Baggies were to get promoted.
However, Gayle said no to the move and West Brom have subsequently turned to Charlie Austin.
Stoke City were also close to completing a deal, but couldn’t agree on wages with Gayle, who is happy to fight for his place at St. James’ Park.
With Joelinton being Newcastle’s record signing, it is likely he will be entrusted to be the club’s main man.
Andy Carroll’s arrival means that Gayle will now have someone to compete with to play if the Brazilian is ever unavailable, though they could be used at different points due to the differences in their games.
Gayle started 34 league games while on loan at West Brom last season, coming off the bench six times, scoring 24 goals and assisting twice, as per WhoScored.
This shows how clinical he is in front of goal, but he wasn’t someone his side could play the ball up to and get around, as he won 0.9 aerial duels per game.
In contrast, Carroll started three Premier League games for West Ham, coming off the bench nine times and failed to score any goals.
He was someone West Ham could get the ball up to and play off though, as he won 3.8 aerial duels per game – a number that would surely be even higher if he played more minutes per game.
This shows that they are two very different options, who can be used in varying ways depending on the gameplan or how things have turned out in a match.
Gayle may not be able to start much, but he has the ability to make an impact for Newcastle this season should he be given minutes now and again.
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