We have to say we have been very pleasantly surprised the way Dwight Gayle has been playing for Newcastle so far this season and he looks like a natural goalscorer.
With 11 goals in just 12 total appearances for Newcastle so far, we wonder how many goals he could get at the end of the 46 game season in the Championship?
Answer – a lot.
Dwight Gayle in action at Oakwell
Dwight had an initial goal of 20 goals for the season, so he is now 9 goals from that target.
It’s going to be interesting how many he can get before the end of the year – but for £10M he’s been a fabulous signing by Rafa Benitez from Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace.
It’s good that Alan didn’t rate him and allowed him to leave Palace.
After scoring 7 goals in the last four games Dwight has been giving a lot of interviews in the media and a bond seems to be forming between the 25 year-old number 9 and the Geordie fans.
This is what Dwight has said about the fans:
“You sort of have some sort of expectations, but it’s been brilliant.” “The fans are unbelievable.”
“We’ve got 6,000 away from home on a Tuesday night in the Championship, which is unheard of. “It felt like a home game because they’re singing louder than the home fans.”
“If that continues, then confidence will only grow and we’ll just keep getting better.” Gayle has led the line on his own for much of the season.”
“It can be difficult, but, with the way we play, it allows me to wait for the ball and I get to do a lot more on the floor,”
“The lads are sliding it into me more rather than just playing it in the air. “It might have been a little different against Barnsley.”
“But the rest of the season has been fantastic for me to play in front of these players.”
“I go out to score as many as I can, but they’re a good side and we know they’ve been keeping a lot of clean sheets,”
“We’re going to have to look at all the clips and work out where it is we can break them down.”
Next up is Ipswich Town at home on Saturday afternoon.