Do Newcastle Really Think This Striker Is Good Enough?


We never thought that Dwight Gayle was much of a player or much of a striker, but there’s news that Newcastle may be interested in signing the Crystal Palace striker this month.

Maybe Alan Pardew is motivated to sell Dwight to Newcastle for a good price?

gayle scoring after 30 seocnds

Dwight Gayle scoring after 30 seconds against Newcastle last season
So it’s not just this season we are asleep

Certainly since Pardew left Newcastle for Palace the fortunes of both clubs have gone in opposite directions – Palace have been on the up – and Newcastle have struggled with relegation.

Gayle almost left Palace in the summer and he’s scored goals wherever he’s played at – but it’s mainly been in the lower divisions.

He joined Palace from Peterborough in the summer of 2013 and since that time he’s played 65 times for Palace and scored 22 goals – but in the Premier League he has only 12 goals in 55 appearances

He has 10 goals in ten appearances in the FA Cup and League Cup combined.

Gayle cannot get much playing time at Crystal Palace – so if we are really interested in this player – which we doubt – it says how far Newcastle have come down in their ambitions.

Maybe that’s only to stay in the Premier League – certainly that has to be the goal this season, after making our worst start ever in the Premier League over the first 20 games.

Maybe we are only tagged as being interested in Dwight because everybody knows we need at least one good striker bought in this month – and if we don’t get one we will in likelihood be relegated.

That’s where we seem to stand at the moment but Dwight Gayle cannot possibly be the answer.

It’s not too encouraging at the moment for a club as massive as Newcastle United.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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122 comments so far

  • Belfast

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #1

    This is exactly the type of striker we should be interested in. Pace to burn.

    How many of those premier league appearances have been starts?

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  • Thump

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Is he good enough? Absolutely not.

    Does Graham Carr think he is? Probably.

    This club, man.

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  • FollowFollow

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Just pay up for Carroll and get Remy on loan. The pay back is that we stay up, guaranteed.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d rather sign him than sign some unknown frenchie to be honest.

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  • Toonfan8

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Remy and Shelvey are must, we really miss that type of players and bring Jose Enrique back…(Willems in the summer)….and we are sorted…quality team
    janmaat,mbemba,colo,enrique
    …….shelvey…….tiote……………
    sissoko…wijnaldum…..perez
    …………….remy………………….
    …………………………………………
    Mbabu,Taylor,Lascelles,Dummett
    ………anita……colback……………
    Thauvin….De Jong……Aarons
    ……………Mitrovic………………..
    …………………………………………..
    I think, that is enough for stay in the league, in the summer top talents Willems,Xhaka and one big CB….

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  • Jib

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #6

    We are definitely looking for a striker
    The German media is linking us again with SVHamburg’s Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #7

    the name and his background suggest he’s not good enough !

    i disagree though tbh !

    he’s not the top top striker we all want but he’s used to hard work and has everything we are after and tbh we need that grit and determination for when our fancier players just dont hit the mustard like we are in now.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #8

    afternoon all,
    hes the similar type of player to a bellamy or vardy…quick busy player but dont think he’s anywhere near as good….been looking at transfermarkt…and 2 players who are in the last 6 month of there contracts who myt be worth a look at….CAM ever banega from sevilla 27…and CB nicholas N’koulou from marseilles 25…..not sure if we will sign anyone tho…..not many signs at the minute

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  • JamRec

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #9

    It’s a risk but then Newcastle love to take risks when signing players so we will probably sign him… the question is whether there is a profit to be made!

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  • Thump

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #10

    @Springy: AC Milan want Banega, and Chelsea want N’koulou so we probably have more chance of Ashley showing ambition.

    Quality players, though.

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  • smoke beer, drink tabs

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Would like to see Shane long to be honest. Can play up front or out wide

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  • JAMSHA

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #12

    18mil for carrot lol, max 5 mil or fk off

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  • geordie157

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #13

    If we took Remy on loan, go all out for Shelvey that may be enough to get us up the league.

    Would love a left back…Ben Davies ideally but he’s back in the starting xi now I think, willems is still injured? Enrique back on short term deal?

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  • Jib

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Michy Batshuayi is the one I think we may get.

    Michel , Bielsa’s replacement says he won’t let him go but Le Brune will overrule him I think.

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #15

    only risks this club like to take is with relegation, and I am slowly accepting the fact we will most likely drop…. again…

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  • Pitmatic

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #16

    I’ve always been impressed with Gayle whenever I’ve watched him. Decent player; very quick. I’m surprised he’s been sidelined at Palace. Realistically, we need to keep one eye on the Championship during this window. In that regard, he wouldn’t be a bad signing, as he’d most likely be kept on in the event of us going down.

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Marseille has already said michy isn’t going anywhere…

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  • loonie-toon

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #19

    It looks like we’re dragging r feet again Pardew after every player we want love to give him a left hook we should have at least one player in we been in talks with Townsend n shelvey since window opened been linked with Dwight Gayle and remi a player that rather go QPR then us

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  • toon kk

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Big question – if Carroll came who’s going to supply him?

    Two or three games later we’ll be in exactly the same position as now while Carroll was recovering from his new injury.

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  • Jib

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #21

    Dok
    Marseilles said Thauvin wasn’t going anywhere !

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  • geordie157

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Leicester signing Gray for 3.7mill shows not all players are over priced, he is a raw talent but again feels like someone we could have taken a chance on.

    Would like to test Leeds to see how much they want for cook, mowatt and bryam.

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #23

    face it, were not getting anyone, except what we can resell… keeping the band playing as the titanic goes down, by all means.

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #24

    carroll worth 8mil max.

    not saying he’s not a very good striker and i’d love him back but he’s worth about 8 goals a season as he’s mostly injured and just not worth the risk imo.

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  • jimiley

    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #25

    He is good enough if he is cheap enough. The Toon is only interested in the transfer fee and the wages. Whether he can play is a bonus. Anyway, why do we need a striker? We have our new signing Mr Riviere. God I long for the days of Shepherd and Hall. All is forgiven.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Let’s face it if we go down is it such a bad thing? Fans must be starting to get slightly fed up of watching us playing in a league we can’t compete in. At least in the championship we may get a bit of excitement for a change.

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  • lesh

    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #27

    Gayle’ll be typical of the quality we’ll bring in – if anyone at all comes in.

    And Jib

    Do you deliberately set out to be a tw@ or does it come naturally?

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  • brklyngeordie

    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #28

    Truth be told I wouldn’t mind Gayle and would prefer him over MerceREMY think he can play striker or wide just like Remy..

    More importantly CM needs to be taken care of and if we aren’t going for Shelvey read that Porto are looking to move Imbula we should be on phone asap and get him in

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  • Pitmatic

    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Croftus

    I doubt West Ham would do business at £8m. With his extended run in the team and recent goalscoring form, I think they’d want at least £12m. Given our position, I think it’s a risk worth taking. There are no guarantees with any player over injuries, and Carroll may well be through the worst of his. Gosling was never fit for us, but seems solid now at Bournemouth. Bellamy was always struggling early on with his knees, shin splints etc., but shrugged them off later in his career.

    It’s a hypothetical question, obviously, but how much would Carroll be worth if he scored the goal that kept us up?

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #30

    @26 toon kk

    it def would be a bad thing yes !

    seen too many teams go down and not come back up and tbh and with the money going around even though you cant buy the prem its far far easy to buy quality players to stay in the prem than it is to buy them with the peanuts the championship pays.

    we are not that bad tbh we struggled with defensive errors giving results away at first but we now seem to have sorted most of that out (unless elliott gets injured again)
    and now it seems like a hell of a lot of very easy chances are being missed that a lot of us would have thought the players who had those chances would have scored !

    take the edge off those nerves by scoring one or 2 of those easy chances and we wont be in this position.

    lets not forget we have proven performance wise we can compete with the arsenals/liverpools ect ect so we could get a result against most teams one our creases are ironed out.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #31

    thump
    had’nt read they were interested…thats us blown out the water!lol….cheers for the info tho mate,and agree they look quality

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  • loonie-toon

    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #32

    Would b great to have caroll n arma leading strike for us but Carroll to much of a risk e played about 4 games all season max I would pay for him 5 mill tops and how much u fink Gayle is valued at??

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #33

    lesh

    i’m guessing he doesn’t have to work too hard at it.

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #34

    can someone explain why everyone is hot for shelvy, when he cant even start for a team that is getting relegated? I always thought he was a solid player, but why is he out of favor in swansea?

    in addition, how could the asking price for carroll be 18M when its universally accepted the 15M they paid for him was a rip off??

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  • BandB

    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #35

    Taco

    Isn’t it perfectly normal for clubs to buy unwanted players from their relegation rivals in January?

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  • BandB

    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #36

    And if he’s not unwanted, but merely benched, why would we be wasting time in a very short window chasing him?

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #37

    We need a few players but may have to stick with two. I would trust the defence to hang on, as Colo has improved. As such I’d go for a central midfielder and a striker but we need so much more. God knows what ideas Old Man Carr will come up with, but we need pace and power in both positions. Sadly, I dont think SMC is good enough

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #38

    I don’t think Shelvey isn’t starting for Swansea because of his footballing quality, he’s been average this season for them but not terrible.

    I’d be happy if he signed for us though he is a nasty little piece of work who has good vision and a good range of passing plus his eyes point forward. Also he’s available by the looks of it, relatively experienced and I think he would love playing for a club of our size

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  • toon kk

    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #39

    Croftus
    Don’t get me wrong it’s the last thing I want is relegation, but MA has had chance after chance to strengthen our squad, we’ve often said we’re just a quality player or two away from being a decent side but what do we get? Usually our best player’s sold or no new signings at all. We’ve been a poor side for years, over rated by most fans for what ever reason? Maybe because they play in a black and white shirt. Tbh a kid could scout players better than the clueless clowns wasting money on two thirds of the players coming into the club.
    Let’s just see what happens in this transfer window it will determine which league we’re in next season.

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  • hibbitt

    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #40

    taco… shelvey has had a big fallout with huw jenkins the swansea chairmen over the sacking of garry monk

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