Most of us were surprised that Dwight Gayle didn’t make the squad yesterday for our last pre-season game against Verona and it seems his hamstring is bothering him again.
Dwight appears to miss portions of almost every season with hamstring problems, but it’s a little worrying he is injured before the season even starts.
We firmly believe this lad can score goals in the Premier League much like he did for us in the Championship last season when he scored 23 goals.
It would have been even more than 23 if he hadn’t been injured with that hamstring of his – he could so easily have topped 30 goals.
Dwight Gayle – such an important player for Newcastle next season
Rafa Benitez was asked after the 2-0 win yesterday what the situation was with our top striker – and this is what the manager had to say in the Chronicle about Gayle:
”It’s not his hamstring – it’s more the feeling that he has. He’s not comfortable and we don’t want to take any risks.
“Dwight is training with the fitness coach, so hopefully, he can carry on training this week. If everything is fine, I think he will be okay for Sunday.
“He needs the confidence to know he can sprint and do everything as he was doing before.”
“It’s a question of confidence, so we will carry on pushing him in training and hopefully we can get back the confidence.”
Dwight is such an important player for us this season – it’s a little worrying he’s already having trouble with his hamstring.
And it points to a significant weakness we have at the moment in the Newcastle team, and Rafa is desperately trying to sign at least one new striker.
Maybe we can sign 28-year-old Arsenal striker Lucas Perez – he would be a tremendous signing for us this summer.
Note: I have put an update on my current medical condition on the desktop site today – 3rd column on right.
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