Dwight Gayle was the subject of a £15M bid from Fulham late in the transfer window, and if Rafa could have brought in another striker, he would have sold Dwight – who has shown he can score goals in the Championship.
Rafa has been disappointed with Dwight’s attitude since his hamstring problems tend to get to him mentally.
He sometimes doesn’t seem to go all out in training or in games in what seems a subconscious effort to protect his hamstring, and that’s something Rafa doesn’t want to see.
Gayle will travel to South Wales with his team-mates, but we think he will end up on the bench with Joselu leading the line for Newcastle.
Dwight Gayle – much improved in training
This is some of what fitness coach Francisco de Miguel Moreno said yesterday in his interviews:
“I think Dwight will be involved in part of the squad.”
“He’s trained very well. We are very happy in the way he’s doing things in the last few days.”
“DeAndre’s working very well, hard to get to the game,” “He’s trained very well in the last few days – Lejeune as well.”
“They’re both in the same situation. We normally wait until the end to make a decision. They are progressing well with the team.”
“Chancel’s not too bad,” “He’ll definitely miss the game, but hopefully not too bad.” “The assessment is quite good.”
“Hopefully he will be ready for the next one.”
Chancel could be fit for our next game at home against Stoke City next Saturday, but it could come too early for the DR Congo International.
Newcastle will not want to play any player too soon after a hamstring injury.
It would be good to see Dwight get a run-out in the second half tomorrow and if he can score a goal, it will do him the world of good.
Howay The Lads!!