Dwight Gayle was interviewed yesterday and he has talked about what a legend Rafa Benitez is in the game – and when you couple that with him being at Newcastle, a club with a great history and football daft fans – he says moving to Newcastle from his London home was a dream come true.
Dwight also said he talked to Andros Townsend before the move, who just happened to be moving in the other direction to Crystal Palace – Andros told him that Rafa was great to play for and the former Newcastle winger only had good things to say about the club itself.
So Dwight made up his mind to come to the north-east rather quickly.
Dwight Gayle – arriving for his first training session last Friday
He didn’t forget his boots
Rafa will make a better player out of Gayle just like he did with Andros Townsend, in the short nine weeks he was at Newcastle at the end of last season.
That’s what Rafa does – he sees the qualities in a player and he brings them out with his brilliant coaching and man-management.
We still think Andros will live to regret leaving a Newcastle United club that is on the up again with Benitez in charge, but we’ll see – we have to move on.
This is some of what Dwight has said:
“He’s been a legend in the Premier League and abroad too, to be playing under him is a dream come true.”
“It’s a massive thing for me to be playing for a manager like this.” “Only six or seven months ago he was managing Real Madrid with some of the greatest players.”
“For him to ask me to come to the club was a dream come true.” “Andros Townsend said that he was great to play under and I can’t wait to get started.”
“I scored here so now to play in front of 50,000 every week will be a great experience for me.”
“They have already sold a ridiculous amount of season tickets so I am looking forward to starting the season well.”
“It’s not too nice when 50,000 are against you but hopefully I can work hard and get the goals.”
“People will have us as favorites but that also brings a difficulty as teams will come here and try their hardest.”
“It’s everybody’s cup final and playing in front of 50,000 will be difficult so we have to be ready.
“There’s a great history at Newcastle – I’m looking forward to getting this club back in the Premier League and proving a few people wrong.
“There’s expectation, but under the manager here I believe he can help me to perform.
“I didn’t get as much game time as I wanted at Crystal Palace.
“Perhaps I have taken a step down divisions to prove to myself that I can still do it. Hopefully, I can do that.”
Each game next season will be like a cup-final because it’s true that other clubs will look forward to playing Newcastle, both home and away.
Hopefully, Newcastle in the second division next season will be like Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson in the Premier League for years.
It’s a great opportunity for our players to learn to be ready for every single game and to start winning – that’s what great teams do.
And of one thing we are absolutely certain – Rafa Benitez wants to make Newcastle into a great team.
That’s why he stayed on Tyneside – to win trophies.
Howay the Lads!!