Alan Shearer often praises Rafa Benitez and for good reason – the 56 year-old has been phenomenal for Newcastle since he joined us in March and he’s now showing just why he is one of the world’s best managers.
In his Sun column yesterday Alan praised Rafa and he also gave special praise to Newcastle’s (new) number 9 striker Dwight Gayle, who has scored 13 Championship goals for us already this season and he’s been some buy.
Dwight Gayle – after scoring first goal against Leeds
Alan has said that Dwight has a striker’s instinct that he showed in Saturday’s game at Elland Road with two good goals.
And if anybody knows what a striker’s instinct is, it’s the great Newcastle legend who scored 206 goals for Newcastle United in his 10 years at his home town club.
We paid (only) £10M for Gayle from Crystal Palace and that is now looking to be an absolute bargain buy for the club.
This is some of what Alan wrote in his Sun column:
“Rafa has done some very shrewd business in the transfer market this summer, making the club a healthy profit in the meantime.”
“There has been no better buy than Dwight Gayle at £10M from Crystal Palace.” “That move bought a guaranteed 20-25 goals in this league for me.”
“He has scored nine in his last six games now and looks unstoppable at this level.” “Both of those he scored at Elland Road showed a great striker’s instinct.”
“Most would have given up when they saw Jack Colback’s long ball floating seemingly harmlessly into Robert Green’s hands.”
“He sensed the goalkeeper might just been struggling with it, there might just be a scrap to feed off, and there he was.”
“His second was the culmination of a good move that unpicked the Leeds defense but he did well to just hold himself onside before connecting with the final ball.”
Next up for Newcastle are Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon at home – and now we have to find some way of winning that game and making it 10 wins in a row.
That would be the first time a Newcastle manager has ever won 10 games in a row.
If we can do it.