It’s Unlikely To Be Good News On Top Striker

With any hamstring injury you need a good few weeks to recover and even if Dwight Gayle could be ready in two or three weeks, it is very unlikely he would be risked in Newcastle’s last couple of games, especially if the lads have already gained promotion by then.

If Dwight had been able to stay fit this season it’s likely he could have won the Player of the Season award in the Championship, but that went to Brighton’s Anthony Knockeart.

Dwight Gayle – no more of this until August?

Dwight is undergoing tests on the damaged hamstring to see how bad it is, but he has suffered a hamstring problem and he wasn’t just taken off as a precaution – so that doesn’t look good.

The club issued this statement yesterday on Dwight’s condition:

““Newcastle United can confirm that Dwight Gayle sustained a hamstring strain in his right leg during United’s 2-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.”

“Dwight is currently undergoing tests to determine the severity of his injury, so it is not yet known how long the player may be out injured.”

After the very disappointing defeat at Hillsborough on Saturday, Rafa Benitez was asked about Dwight’s  injury and this is what he said when asked if his striker was out for the season:

“It’s too early to say. It could be, but it’s too early.”

It’s not good news that Dwight is out, after he was getting back to his former sharpness, but it does give Daryl Murphy and Aleksandar Mitrovic a chance to show what they can do over the last five games of the season.

But it also looks like Rafa has seen the inability to put chances away this term as a weakness in the current side and the news is he will bring in two strikers during the summer transfer window.

By the way, Dwight has been fantastic for us this season and but for his goals we wouldn’t be where we are today – he deserves great credit for a great first season at Newcastle United; 22 Championship goals.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Fostino

    Apr 11, 2017 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #1

    He’s out for season pretty much..forget him. Time for others to step up…

    Option 1..mitro
    Option 2 …Murphy.
    Option 3….Ritchie & Murphy up front

    Option 3 is my preference for next game

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 11, 2017 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Bad luck Dwight, but very well done for this season, fantastic goals to minutes ratio well ahead of anyone else in this league.
    We can cope. In all honesty Gayle hasn’t been quite at the top of his game since the original breakdown hampered him.
    Howay Mitro and Murph, this is your opportunity!

  • sparky55

    Apr 11, 2017 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #3

    We’ll be easier to defend against as a result of losing Gayle. He torments defences running along the line and in behind…something Mitro and Murphy don’t have in their respective lockers.

    With Mitro and Murphy you need a man next to them so we lose a man from midfield which is not preferable the way Rafa likes to run midfield.

    As soon as Mitro came on the pitch we were hoofing it up the park and therefore not in control of the ball which another Rafa priority. i appreciate it was late in the game and a measure of last resort but very tempting when you have two big lumps up front and a midfield that was’t working that day.

    That’s why we’ll see them together (Mitro and Murphy) and that’s why we’ll become less effective because it leaves Perez or Diame as the no 10 and a centre forward who is nowhere near as mobile or dangerous as Gayle.

    Methinks a few 0-0 draws on the cards in the last couple of games.

    I reckon Rafa will be concentrating on defending and getting points on the break but we know how dangerous that particular ploy is if you go 1-0 down don’t we Mr Pardew…Especially when no-one of note up front to knick you that goal.

    We’ll get there but it won’t be pretty and we probably won’t score more than four goals in the last 5 games.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 11, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    We could even see more of Sammy to stretch opposition defences and jeep them occupied while Murphy and others find the net.

    Is Aarons going to be back for a few games or will they not risk him until next season ?


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