Newcastle United

Not PL standard: Newcastle simply must cash in on linked-away £9m-rated star this summer

Newcastle United supporters have been somewhat disappointed in the Transfer Tavern in the last couple of days after seeing their side suffer a fourth consecutive Premier League defeat at the hands of Tottenham on Wednesday night.

Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash with the North Londoners off the back of going down to Everton, West Brom, and Watford, a far cry away from the Magpies side that won four in a row between March and April to secure their top-flight status. And the North East giants were unable to get back to winning ways on Wednesday either as a Harry Kane strike in the second half sealed the victory for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, in turn clinching their place in the top four.

Subsequently, there have been many frustrated Newcastle fans in the Tavern this week, several of whom are hoping their team can finish a successful season with three points against last year’s champions Chelsea on Sunday.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Magpies supporters to discuss, not least recent reports linking Stoke City with a move for striker Dwight Gayle.

And given the lowly goals return from the £9 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) this season, the North East heavyweights simply must seek to cash in on him this summer.

Ultimately, the 28-year-old has in the main this term proven not to be up to Premier League standard, with just five goals to show for his 33 league appearances for Benitez’s side this season.

Yes, he hasn’t always been a regular starter for the Magpies, which itself somewhat highlights his limitations at top-flight level, but he has appeared in every single Newcastle Premier League game since their 2-2 draw at West Brom back in November, and has just four goals to show for it – simply, that isn’t good enough.

And if Newcastle are to move to the next level in the coming years under Benitez, they simply need more firepower and more prolific goal-scorers in their ranks – Gayle has once again proven that he is not up to the task.

Whereas he was brilliant in the Championship for the Magpies, netting 23 times in just 32 appearances, he has been unable to translate that into the Premier League to further underline that he appears to be one of those strikers too good for the second tier, but not good enough for the top tier.

As such, the North East heavyweights simply must seek to cash in on the forward this summer.

Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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