According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, Newcastle United’s Dwight Gayle could be used as part of a deal to bring Salomon Rondon to St James’ Park. The Venezuela international has been repeatedly linked with a return to the Premier League after going down with West Brom last season, with his reported release clause, believed to be around £16.5 million, seeming to interest several parties.
And Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle are one side keen on the £11.7 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), and a possible swap deal involving the forward and indeed 28-year-old Gayle would undoubtedly represent great business by the North East giants.
Ultimately, while Gayle deserves credit for finishing last season with six goals from his 35 Premier League matches, it’s pretty evident that the former Crystal Palace forward is lacking in the sufficient quality and all round capabilities to lead the line for Benitez’s team.
While he is arguably the best finisher at St James’ Park, as evidenced through some of his goals last term, he simply isn’t as effective when up top on his own, while his tally of 21 goals in 99 Premier League games are hardly ground-breaking numbers – the Championship appears to be his level.
Whereas West Brom’s Rondon has proven himself to be a hugely adept striker at top-flight level since moving to the Hawthorns back in 2015, with the 28-year-old netting ten goals in his first season at the club, eight in the second, and then ten last term in their relegation campaign.
And to have scored at least seven goals in each of his three seasons in the Premier League suggests that the Venezuelan star has what it takes to affect things in the final third of the pitch, and while his goals-to-game ratio is slightly inferior to Gayle’s, he would bring a significant amount more to the Magpies’ forward ranks.
Rondon is very strong aerially and also does a great job of holding the ball up and linking the play – having players like Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie, both excellent delivers of the ball, can only be good news for the 28-year-old in his bid to score the goals necessary to take Newcastle forward.
Yes, Rondon may not be the most exciting of additions, but there’s no doubt he’d be a shrewd one, and in exchange for Gayle, who has never really proven to be a top-flight striker, it would represent a great bit of business by the North East heavyweights.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!