Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle is in line to give Toon head coach Steve Bruce a huge selection boost by returning from injury at the start of next month, according to Football Insider.
Gayle is yet to feature for Newcastle since Bruce’s arrival at St. James’ Park, as the 28-year-old sustained a calf injury during the Magpies’ pre-season schedule, and has been on the sidelines ever since.
Toon boss Bruce has been keen to work with Gayle ever since his arrival at St. James’ Park in the summer as the successor to Rafael Benitez, and spent the final days of the recent transfer window convincing the London-born forward to continue his career in the North East (Northern Echo).
Gayle had attracted late window interest from a number of Championship sides as a result of his exploits in the second tier last season while on loan with West Bromwich Albion, who along with Leeds United contacted Newcastle to discuss the potential of striking a deal.
But Bruce was reticent to losing the 28-year-old, as he was confident that Gayle would get opportunities to compete with Joelinton and Yoshinori Muto for minutes, although he is yet to do so due to his calf injury.
The former Crystal Palace star sustained the blow while Newcastle were in Nanjing, before suffering a further setback in one of Bruce’s first training sessions with the Tyneside outfit (Chronicle).
Bruce has been reluctant to issue a timeframe for the return of Gayle, who flew out to Spain towards the end of August to speak with a specialist for a second opinion, as the forward did not appear to be getting any better (Shields Gazette).
According to Football Insider, though, progress is finally starting to be made, as they claim Gayle is now in the final stages of his recovery and expect the striker to be available for selection come early October.
Having Gayle at his disposal at long last will be a huge boost for Bruce, as Newcastle have struggled for goals so far this season, with summer signing Joelinton yet to add to his sole effort recorded away to Tottenham Hotspur (WhoScored).
Bar the Brazilian’s effort, the Toon’s successful Premier League strikes have come via midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and defenders Jetro Willems and Fabian Schar, who all have a sole goal to their names.
Gayle, on the other hand, hit 24 in 40 games for West Brom while on loan with the Championship side last season (TransferMarkt), and Bruce feels the forward will be crucial to his side’s efforts from the bench once passed fit.
The Toon head coach noted earlier in the month, via quotes by the Chronicle: “We haven’t got much coming off the bench. Allan Saint-Maximin, Andy [Carroll] and Dwight Gayle are crucial in that department.
“We have been dealt a difficult hand there. We have picked up injuries that have limited us a little bit.”
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