The striker department at St James Park is set to go in for a revamp. Although the Magpies were more than happy with Salomon Rondon leading the line for them with Ayoze Perez and Miguel Almiron either side, come the start of the 2019/20 season they may have a new forward in place. That forward, surprisingly, could be Dwight Gayle.
We all know what you’re thinking. Dwight Gayle is one of those who suffers from the dreaded ‘Cameron Jerome syndrome’. Electric in the Championship, stuttering in the Premier League. That much has been clear to see in Gayle’s case over the last two seasons. With West Brom this season the frontman has bagged 24 goals and eight assists, yet the season before he managed a paltry six in the top flight.
There are a number of players who can struggle to adapt to what the top flight has to offer, but Gayle will be desperate now to put that to bed. His numbers this season have been more than impressive in one of the most competitive Championship seasons we’ve seen. All that the 28-year-old needs is a manager and fan base that are willing to put their faith in him, and if gets that he can star at St James Park.
Whatever happens, if the new #9 that comes in this summer isn’t a Venezuelan target man called Salomon Rondon the fans will be disappointed. It’s just imperative that they’re willing to give Gayle another go in the Premier League, as his first season in the top flight with them showed promise even if it wasn’t what the Geordies were expecting from a man who had scored 23 the season before.
Unless Gayle is sold on or loaned out again then he will certainly be an option for Rafa Benitez (or whoever takes over from him), that is seeing as West Brom turned down the chance to sign the frontman on a permanent deal, as per the Express and Star. That leaves the Magpies with a headache, although it’s one that can be cured if they give Gayle another chance, as he can be the free alternative to their striker problem.
Newcastle fans, would you be happy with Gayle leading the line next season? Let us know!