Peter Beardsley often praises players and sometimes goes over the top.
But if we are to believe Peter, with all his experience in scoring goals, he thinks Dwight Gayle can come good in the Premier League, and he wishes he could have played alongside him.
He compares Gayle to Andy Cole who scored 68 goals in 85 appearances for the Magpies in the 1990s and 55 of those were in 70 Premier League appearances.
So he may be the same kind of player as Andy, but he’s nowhere near the class of Cole who is one of the best strikers ever to play for Newcastle even though he was on Tyneside a little short of two years.
He was sold to Manchester United in January of 1995 for £7M after we had paid £1.75M to buy him from Bristol City in early February two years earlier.
Peter Beardsley with Rafa Benitez
At that time it was a Newcastle club record fee in the transfer market.
That doesn’t even buy the left big toe of a player like Lionel Messi these days.
Here’s what Peter Beardsley has said to the Chronicle:
“Dwight Gayle likes a certain type of delivery – the type of player I’d have loved playing with because he’s always ready.”
“He wants to make his runs and wants the ball – that is what Andy Cole was like, they’re very similar.”
“To get the goals Gayle got in the Championship and be injured for the time he was, is amazing.”
“He will come good again but needs to get his sharpness and get back to normal.”
“He’s had a hamstring injury from the start of the season, but there will be an important point where he becomes part of the team again.”
“I wish I’d have been played with Dwight Gayle – he would have scored goals playing with me.”
“I don’t want to sound big-headed but he didn’t really have a number 10 to make him a goal when playing for the reserves on Monday night.”
“I was standing on the line feeling frustrated thinking ‘Let me on there’.”
“Obviously I’m 56 now so I know I’m not getting on, but I know what Dwight wants and needs and I could deliver it.”
“I couldn’t run around now of course but I know exactly where Dwight Gayle wants it.”
So we wonder if Peter has talked to Rafa about Gayle – probably – but we just don’t think Dwight has the class required to be a prolific goalscorer in the PL.
Although we would be delighted if Dwight proves us wrong and plays great for us this season.
We’d love the see the number 9 start scoring goals galore for us – as he did brilliantly last season.