Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle has been voted the PFA Fans’ Championship Player of the Season.
The Magpies’ new number nine scored a sensational 23 goals in only 34 first team appearances last season which included only 27 starts and but for the hamstring injury he picked up in January he could have easily surpassed 30 goals for the season.
He led the league in taking only 93 minutes to score each goal, much less than any other leading goalscorer in the Championship last season.
Let’s hear it for Dwight Gayle!
Dwight won quite easily with 14,705 votes and beat out Leeds striker Chris Wood with 9,707 votes and Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert with 9,214 votes.
Striker Tammy Abraham of Bristol City, central midfielder Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield and 35 year-old French striker Yann Kermorgant of Reading were also among those who were in the voting.
Newcastle are after 20 year-old Tammy Abraham on loan next season from Chelsea, but at least at the moment it looks like Brighton are in the lead to sign him.
It’s Dwight’s second award for last season since he was included in the Championship Team of the Season along with Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles and midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.
Congratulations to Dwight who was simply a terrific signing by Rafa Benitez and this lad can score goals.
He could well be a huge surprise in the Premier league next season with the number of goals he can score, but he needs to stay fit.
Maybe he will have some strengthening exercises on his hamstrings over the summer?
What do you think?