We know, we know, we’re still going on about the striker situation at St. James’ Park, but hang on because the chances are you haven’t yet heard this take on the #9 situation. Salomon Rondon is looking less and less likely to sign as the days roll into weeks, but one man who is set to be at the club next season is Dwight Gayle, the returning loanee.
The 28-year-old striker is a quality player when it comes to bagging goals in the Championship, and he smashed 24 goals in past sorry Championship defences this season. Unfortunately, so far we’re yet to see that sort of form from Gayle in the top flight, but with more goals to his name the upcoming season, 2019/20, could be the year for the £10.8 million-rated ace, as per Transfermarkt, to star.
It would be one serious turnaround from the Newcastle man if he could defy the odds and become the #9 that the Geordies have all been calling out for, and it would also be the most cost-effective way of replacing the goals that Rondon fired in throughout the 2018/19 campaign. Even if the Magpies have no faith in the man who fired them back to the Premier League from the Championship in the first place.
The only reason in which Gayle will be sticking it out on Tyneside this season is because West Brom have turned down the option to sign the second-tier hitman on a permanent deal, even though he’s scored 23 goals in the 46 games season before grabbing one more in the play-off semi-final first leg against Aston Villa. Ultimately, though, he couldn’t fire West Brom back the way he did Newcastle.
Whether or not Gayle can be the man to help Newcastle improve on the season just gone’s 13th placed finish and try and compete for a spot in the top ten is yet to be seen. However, it’s more than worth it to give Gayle another chance as the 28-year-old has improved plenty since his last season as a lone striker in the Premier League, and even if he doesn’t manage to match Rondon’s numbers it could still be a success.
Newcastle fans, would you be happy giving Gayle a go next season? Let us know!Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!