Dwight Gayle will be our main striker for at least the first four games this season since Aleksandar Mitrovic is banned – a ban he picked up with just over 20 minutes of last season left, when he was sent off against Spurs at St, James’ Park.
Dwight is one of the new players brought in by Rafa Benitez to help us get promoted at the first attempt back to the Premier League.
Dwight Gayle scoring on Saturday against Vitesse
The 25-year-old was signed from Crystal Palace for £10M this summer and is hoping to get in the 20 goal, bracket for Newcastle this season – and that would be very good.
This is what Dwight Gayle has said to the local press:
“Most strikers want to get in the 20 goal bracket,” “Hopefully, I can do that this season. We will see where we go from there.”
“Coming to St James’s Park for my first game just showed again to me just how big this club is.” “It’s perfect for me to be playing my football here next season.”
“There are several things that made me swap the Premier League for the Championship next season. I’m certain this club will only be on the up from now on, and that is only going to be a positive.”
“We have a great manager with great experience.” “I was surprised when I came in just how positive everyone is around the place.”
“It didn’t feel like a team going in to the Championship from the Premier League.”
“There was a great atmosphere and we are all just excited for the new season. We are raring to go.”
“Everyone has been at it in training, raring to go and everyone wants to get in the team for the season ahead. He’s a great manager, a great tactical manager and I will learn a lot from him this season.”
“It’s a tough season made harder by playing two games in a week.”
“There are some great teams in this division. I’m sure there will be some great teams fighting for promotion, and it will not just be a one-horse race, I’m sure.”
“Obviously, we have great players other than Mitro, and everyone’s fighting for their position,” said Gayle, whose pace created problems for Vitesse in United’s final pre-season friendly.
“Whoever the manager picks, I’m sure will be good enough to do the job.”
Gayle has played in the Championship before so he knows exactly what to expect, along with another three of the players Rafa signed for Newcastle this summer.
All four players – Dwight, Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie and Grant Hanley are British.
The first real test for Newcastle is at Craven Cottage on Friday night and the game will be shown on live TV in most places around the world – one of the few games that will be in the coming season.
Howay The Lads!!