Dwight Gayle scored 23 goals for us last season in the Championship, and he is one reason we were immediately promoted back to the Premier League.
Dwight had never done too well when playing in the Premier League – but he is still a natural goalscorer – probably the best one we have in the squad.
So it wasn’t all that surprising when Rafa switched formation to 4-4-2 on Saturday against Bournemouth and played Joselu and Gayle together up front.
And in the first half, Dwight scored a perfectly good goal that was disallowed for offside, and he should have scored when he had a clear header six yards out – also in the first half.
Dwight Gayle – in action on Saturday
So Dwight does give us a goal threat, and he is very motivated to open his account for the season.
This is what Rafa Benitez has said about why he started Dwight up front:
“He was training well,”
“I was trying to find different ways to approach the game and attack.”
“In the end, we lost. But you have to say they were working hard.”
It’s getting too obvious with Joselu not doing well that Rafa is so reticent to play Mitro up front and he could even try Mitro and Gayle in a 4-4-2 formation.
Rafa had a perfect opportunity on Saturday to do just that but brought on forwards Perez and Murphy in the second half – and Mitrovic didn’t get on at all.
We could still play Dwight Gayle up front – maybe in the number 10 position – since Rafa is almost certain to return to a 4-2-3-1 formation at Old Trafford in our next game.
We have to hope the team is robust and “compact” in that game – the last thing we need now is a big defeat.
But if Rafa refuses to play Mitro before the end of the year we might as well sell him and use the funds to help bring in a couple of strikers in January.
If he wouldn’t play the Serbian in the second half on Saturday – when will he play him?
Even Dwight Gayle could be sold in January if we get a decent offer for him and can replace him.
What do you think?