This Man Has Surprised Us – He’s Better Than We Thought

We’ve been surprised with Dwight Gayle since he arrived at Newcastle and he’s turned out to be a much better player than we thought he was.

When we signed him for £10M from Crystal Palace we weren’t sure he was a good signing.

But Dwight has looked sharp and exciting in the number 9 shirt at Newcastle and he’s scored some beautiful goals including the winner at Bristol City and how about that free kick in the 4-1 home win against Reading?

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Dwight Gayle – scoring beautiful goal at Bristol City

When Dwight last played in the Championship for Peterborough from November, 2012 through the end of that season he scored 13 goals in 29 appearances and he has four in four for Newcastle so far and is joint top scorer in the Championship.

Dwight also has two assists – one was when he unselfishly laid the ball off to Ayoze Perez in the 2-0 EFL Cup win at home to Cheltenham.

Hull City defender and captain Curtis Davies thinks Dwight can go on and become the top scorer in the Championship this season.

This is what Curtis has said on Sky Sports Now show:

“I think he will be the top scorer in that league because he is an unbelievable player, good finisher and I am surprised that Palace actually let him go.”

Crystal Palace Alan Pardew didn’t rate Dwight, so he didn’t have much of a future in London and he seemed pleased enough to drop down a division to join Newcastle United in the Championship.

Dwight can certainly resurrect his career on Tyneside, especially when he is now playing for a world-class manager in Rafa Benitez, who attended the Elite UEFA Coaches Forum in Nyon, Switzerland last Wednesday.

Maybe one of the first times ever that a top European coach of the Forum was representing a second division club.

We’re pleased Dwight’s done so well so far – and we are now looking forward to the new number 9  having a fantastic goal-scoring season for Newcastle.

We need a few of our strikers to bang in those goals this season if we are to get promoted, which is all that really matters this season.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Magtoonpie

    Sep 5, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s a good thing we got him before he was fully pardewed.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 5, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #2

    AFCON only runs from Jan 14 till Feb 5, a total of five games missing and that’s for the winners.

  • Jib

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #3

    For all you fans hungry for news
    At Clairefontaine this morning Sissoko finds an interesting new way to pour milk on his Frosties .

  • lesh

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #4


    An interesting insight into the broken relationship between Ashley and Shearer. It’s a real shame that the rift is so great. But, that’s life and we can only hope that time is the healer that it’s supposed to be.

  • Budge123

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Jail for – are those the game dates?
    I guess the squad will meet a few weeks previous?
    Also the poor wee lambs will probably need a rest once they get back.

    Hopefully not too much impact on league at least 1 fa cup round during that period so that takes a league set of games away anyhow

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 5, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Just been watching/ fast forwarding the Scotland game and Ritchie in particular who was outstanding. He has an early delivery into the box which catches defences out. Seen him a few times, against us last season and he’s industrious unselfish a real team player.

    Reading back I see Hanley was not impressive- focussing on him he’s clearly good in the air but his ground play is pretty basic and think he may have a tendency to play too deep. . He’s intelligent at what he does but seemed limited within confines of Scottish play.

  • stephen1971

    Sep 5, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #7

    dwight looks good so far, i was one that had my doubts but i,m glad he,s proving me wrong, the lad looks sharp and has a predetor instinct, long may it last, he must be raring to go now with the run he,s on,
    a happy lad full of confidence is what he is, exactly what the club needed for years


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