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To Play For A Legend Is A Dream Come True For Me

8:35 am, Friday, July 8th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

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.

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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!!



Tags: Championship · Coaching · Dwight Gayle · Management · Newcastle News




4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jimmysmith // Jul 8, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    C’mon, don’t be so ungracious. If he’s good enough to make a Euro’s final, and probably win it , then he’s good enough for a a top Champions league team. The clubs been shit!!!!!, not Sissoko, or Widjnaldum, or Janmaat, or Collocini, or Cabaye and on and on. They are victims just like us. They just earn way more money. (smiley face).

  • 2 expatmag // Jul 8, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    With regard to Sissoko, if a world class coach can teach him to control a ball, pass it and move into space, then allied to his undoubted power and pace, there is a formidable champions league ayer.

    Unfortunately, our world class coach has his work cut out keeping him at our decidedly basket case club.

  • 3 magscar // Jul 8, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Whilst club may have sold players a line the majority of them (and their agents) are solely after one thing ( no make it 2 and add personal glory). No problem with that and nor should we worry about them being apparently misled. If another club comes in at the right valuation then they are likely to get their wish but has any club done so?

    Only Pl clubs being linked are Spurs and Liverpool – one is in CL for first time in a while other isn’t again. Normal service is likely to resume this season with Manchester clubs Arsenal and Chelsea as front runners for top 4 and none seem interested in Gini or Sissoko.

    If Our Toon is correct and Jordon Ibe has been sold for £15M and Watford value Deeney at £25M then the club wanting over £20M for 2 players who see themselves as CL material is not overpricing them.

    Both players struggled in what was a very difficult season and cannot escape the blame for their part in what happened. Attitude and a winning mentality when playing lower rated sides is very important to the top clubs – after all that is why they are top and are regularly playing clubs rated lower than them.

    If Rafa believes he can get their big heads around playing in Championship and offers commensurate with his valuation are not forthcoming then they will stay. He is unlikely to want saga to drag on into new season and cause disruption to his preparations so I would expect things to happen this month if one or other is to go.

  • 4 Nufc-83 // Jul 8, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    How can people who watch football actually say Moussa is good enough for a top Premiership club let alone a top champ league club. He has no technique at all and is purely an athlete last night he only played ok because he worked so hard protecting the defence with Germany pressurising the French so much. On the ball he can’t pass, shoot, cross, no vision and has not got a footballing brain!! Add the fact that in club football he does not put half of the effort in he did last night!!

    I do believe he will go to a top club because people hype players (such as the media and other fans etc) but he will be a major fail and I will laugh very hard.




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