There were a number of fans who were unhappy when Aleksandar Mitrovic allowed Dwight Gayle to have the number 9 shirt for the season and Dwight certainly wanted to wear the iconic Newcastle shirt.
But his background in the game – at least so far in his career – wouldn’t put him as a top striker who usually wears the number 9 shirt at Newcastle.
Dwight Gayle taps in his second goal last night
But nobody told Dwight that and he wears the shirt well and is off to a very decent start to the season with a brace last night in the 4-1 first win of the season against Reading.
Dwight scored a magnificent goal from a free kick after 69 minutes after having an earlier goal chalked off because it looked like he handled the ball.
And then in the 89th minutes he tapped in his second goal to make it three goals in his first three games for Newcastle and a good 4-1 win for the Magpies.
Dwight shows every sign of being a goal-hungry striker who just loves to score goals and he could soon become a big favorite on Tyneside.
Aleksandar Mitrovic comes back into the squad after Saturday’s game at Bristol City, having served his four match ban.
And it could be that Dwight Gayle and Mitro up front together could form a deadly duo with Dwight feeding off the balls Mitro can knock down to him.
In any case it was an excellent result last night and a definite improvement over last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Huddersfield and in front of over 48,000 fans – incredible.
Now what the lads have to do is to continue to listen to Rafa Benitez, because other areas of the team also have to improve.
One of them is the defense since we gave away another dodgy goal last night just before half time and all four goals conceded this season could have been avoided with better defending.
Three have come in stoppage time in the first half.
But the form of Dwight Gayle is good and this lad could well prosper on Tyneside in his very first season at the club.
We certainly hope so.
What do you think?