Can This Striker Start To Get The Job Done At Newcastle?

We are hoping Dwight Gayle can start scoring the goals for us in the Premier League and he has never had too much success in the past at the highest level of English football.

His goal on Saturday – the first home goal conceded by the Red Devils in the league this season and Dwight’s first goal of the season, was a well-taken striker’s goal.

And we cannot forget that in the last game against Bournemouth he scored another perfectly good goal in the first half which was wrongly ruled by the officials to be offside.

Dwight looks fully fit again and maybe coming into some good form – we hope so!

We now have 10 games to go through January 1st, and Rafa will hope to bring in at least one striker at that time, but until then we need some players to start scoring goals.

Dwight Gayle – scores at Old Trafford

We have only 11 goals in the 12 games played in the league so far.

Of all the strikers we have at the club, Dwight is the only natural goalscorer we have.

And he showed that with a lovely goal on Saturday at Old Trafford when he hit the ball first time into the back of the net following excellent play by DeAndre Yedlin down the right wing.

Of course, Dwight was one of our heroes last season scoring 23 Championship goals in just 32 league appearances

Maybe a good time to score more goals will be at home to Watford on Saturday?

Dwight can play very well at St. James’ Park when he is often lifted by the crowd.

Watford beat West Ham 2-0 on Sunday, and they are a well-coached side these days since manager Marco Silva arrived in the summer.

We really do a need a win on Saturday, but Watford are a well-organized side and difficult to break down.

With Brighton drawing 2-2 at home to Stoke last night here’s where Newcastle are currently in the league table – still in 11th place.

11Crystal Palace38-1044
13West Ham38-2042

And here are the goalscorers this season – no player has scored more than two!

Ayoze Perez8210
Dwight Gayle606
Matt Ritchie303
Jamaal Lascelles303
Aleksandar Mitrovic112
Ciaran Clark202
Mo Diame202
Christian Atsu202
Jonjo Shelvey202
Jacob Murphy101
Isaac Hayden101
Henri Saivet101
Mikel Merino101
Rolando Aarons011

Comments welcome.

69 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Nov 21, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    i see the Conspiracy theorists are hard at work this morning
    i do understand the natural apprehension regarding any deal involving Ashley but it time to give shire a break
    he’s given nothing but 100% solid information for weeks long before the press got wind of it and folk are still trying to undermine him at every opportunity
    if you don’t like it /believe it fine but let the rest of us enjoy the moment as they have been few and far between for a very long time

  • booboo

    Nov 21, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    when you notice the big belly of the beast/ashley
    then it makes sense that he wants a bigger slice
    of the pie big boy sure is hungry. you want out
    we want out so get the f@ck out and take barney simpson
    with you oh i mean lee charnley .GET OUT

  • sparky55

    Nov 21, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Slank at 4 from two threads ago

    I’ve been told (but can’t guarantee it’s validity) that newcastle will be getting a lump of money off the premiership for being promoted to the premiership and the remainder of the parachute payments for going down relatively shortly AFTER the deal is done in December. The value of those payments will be in the balance sheet of the business as pending income but the cash is not in the bank.

    Ashley is therefore saying I want £300 now and give me the balance (whatever they agree) as the money comes in. Ashley is saying it’s his money because he was owner when they went down (so remainder of parachute payments his) and he was the owner when he brought the club back up (so premiership money his) and Amanda is saying the forward income due to come in has already been taken into consideration in their offer.

    It’s now just about how they split the forward income that’s due to come in.

    Can’t promise that’s defo the case but what I’ve heard

  • Slank

    Nov 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4


    From a supply and demand perspective, the thing that has always puzzled me is that because there are only 20 Premiership Clubs in the most valuable and watched league in the world and almost all of them are not for sale why therefore isn’t there more prospective buyers as £300 million is not a lot to pay if you are a wealthy individual, consortium or state.

    Putting it into perspective, someone recently paid $450 million for Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi.

  • Slank

    Nov 21, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #5


    That seems very plausible.

    In any business it would have to be taken into consideration.

  • booboo

    Nov 21, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #6


    dont understand them folks why dont they be more positive
    this is as huge as gets its like getting good news and becoming
    angry because its too good to take ….its like telling your woman
    why you buy lingerie what do i get out of it !!! get me a divorce lol.

  • magscar

    Nov 21, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #7

    It is now in the open. One party wants to sell and one wants to buy. They are expert negotiators so that whatever the issues I trust that they will be able to resolve matters to their respective satisfaction.

    Although wanting a relegation cause might seem both impertinent and something that the buyer could avoid it has been argued that Ashley’s desperation to put club in an attractive position for sale has lead to our current weaknesses and there are no absolute guarantees that the right players will be available come January window – so worth arguing for. If it doesn’t happen then no harm.

    Arguing that Ashley could respond by suggesting he wants more if we were to finish in CL spot, win a cup etc is to ignore the fact that with current squad that is patently not going to happen. It would only be buyer’s investment that could produce that outcome.

    On doubters whilst I could understand some reluctance about our blogger’s info it is now in open and nothing previously stated by them has yet proven incorrect in principle.

    Whilst I have some reservations about the buyers exact intentions until more is known, the sale does look as though it will happen.

    As with changes of manager new players I will give them my backing until it is clear they don’t warrant it.

    I didn’t welcome Ashley unreservedly as I knew nothing of him and I will approach this in the same way.

  • Slank

    Nov 21, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8


    ‘…I didn’t welcome Ashley unreservedly as I knew nothing of him and I will approach this in the same way…’

    At last a very sensible comment.

  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 21, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Shire, Sparky & Hibbit. You’ve been on the mark all the way with this. Well done and thanks for keeping us briefed. Superb.

  • posada

    Nov 21, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    That sounds very knowledgeable and just the sort of thing I would expect to be going on in the background.
    The parachute payment and the Prem money.
    Will that not come to something North of 125 million.

  • Fluffy handcuffs for Amanda

    Nov 21, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Will it happen,hope so

  • posada

    Nov 21, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #12

    I don’t think it’s the 300 million that puts off any potential buyer.
    It’s the spiralling cost of football.
    Buying would be the start.
    After watching the Man U game how much would they have to spend to compete with the top 5 or 6.
    Double the 300 I would say.
    Man City paid 50 million for a full back.

    Billionaires want out. They don’t have enough cash.

  • Hibbits_Giblets

    Nov 21, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Ftom previous thread.
    I’m hoping she is our “saviour” Imagine actually having a realistic chance of beating the big boys on their home turf.
    So if you guys had an unlimited transfer pot, who would you go for?
    Realistic additions on who would come and the fee being a realistic one.
    I would get either Kasper Schmeichel or Pickford for GK
    Van Dijk, Luke Shaw,
    Mids, mahrez, sanchez,
    Up top pierre emerick aubameyang,
    Now I believe with new owners we could get all these

  • sparky55

    Nov 21, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #14


    Sorry…not sure what the amounts are and when they are due but that apparently is what they’re haggling over now.

    If it is 125 million and they go halfers on the money coming in then ashley will get £360 million which is not too far away from what he wants…so you would think they can’t be too far away from sorting this.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 21, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Sounds like the press are a week behind in terms of takeover news

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #16

    If there is a Middle – East connect I would be
    pleased for it to be King Khalifa and Bahrain
    He’s a F1 enthusiast and a good friend of our
    Royal Family (particularly the D o Y) trying
    hard to drag his Kingdom into C21.
    However the Fun88 sponsorship makes one
    think Chinese.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #17

    On what possible justification could he want money due to the club after he’s gone, that’s like saying he wants any profit on player sales he bought, or that we bought to be more accurate.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #18

    Good old posada wades in with his usual brand of misery and doom and gloom.
    Given that you thought we would never even get to this stage you should wind yourself in.
    Sounds like you’d wet yourself if Staveley is a stalking horse and you’re proved right.
    How’s your book” the descending dark” coming on?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #19

    Not doubting Shirebrook, but you say he predicted everything right over the last few weeks. Just out of interest, what did he predict? Because as far as I can tell, nothing at all has been happened (publicly) until today so there’s not really been anything to predict.

  • Levi

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #20

    I’m not sure about the sports are saying 60m a year for 5 years. Doesn’t sound like they have the money that is being reported. For every man city there is a Blackburn rovers

  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #21

    It’s really quite funny

    One blogger makes up total bollix
    Ashley is holding out for future monies owed


    Other bloggers get all infuriated by it

    and the cycle of bollix goes round and round

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #22


    remember when the sultan of brunei was rumoured to have been in talks during KK’s tenure first time round

  • sparky55

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #23


    I think it’s a bit like saying…I want £350 million, you only want to pay £300, but in real terms with the money about to come in you’ll only end up using 250 million of your own money because the balance to come in will pay you the last 50 million you need to make it up to 300 and pay me the extra money I want.

  • Slank

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #24


    Yes £300 million is just the start of what many believe is a bottomless money pit.

    It’s one of the reasons why I don’t think PCP are going to be the actual owners as PCP by themselves don’t appear to have anything like the consistent money stream required to keep a Premiership club fully funded from what I have read.

    Clubs like ManU, Man City and Chelsea have pulled away from the other 17 clubs because of their financial clout. I’m not sure we could emulate them.

  • Levi

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #25

    To be fair shire said instalments and no one was having any of it and now sky sports are reporting it

  • Markaccus

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #26


    Possibly just a way of getting the balance between the offer and his valuation. Whatever it is, i just hope they get it done and dusted asap.


  • hibbit

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #27

    he doesn’t have to justify it

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #28

    even if her backers only gave nufc 5% of the reported 29 billion that’s still 1450000000

  • lesh

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #29


    It makes me wonder about ‘every last penny generated by promotion etc….’

    If the monies are in the accounts but not yet received the PCP’s got every reason to say they’ve been considered.

    If the money is due to Ashley, then surely provision for those outgoings should equally have been made in the accounts?

    Any knowledgeable bean counters out there?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #30

    Does anyone know who the investors backing Staveley are from? I really hope it’s not a show string budget like Ashley has had us on for the last decade all over again. The club needs proper investment in players consistently to become anything close to what we dream it could be. For the club to realize it’s true potential Staveley must have serious players with her that will back the club with serious money come January and after it too.

    Can’t help but get excited about all this but slightly cautious as to where will Staveley get all her money from for the club to have continued success and growth.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #31

    “… for the club to have continued success and growth …”

    We haven’t seen much of that lately!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #32

    lol you know what I mean.

    Also is January a realistic target to have the club sold and funded correctly with a proper transfer budget available or will this drag on way past the transfer window deadline?

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #33


    I agree

    How could he possibly want the parachute payments and prem money because he was/is the owner at thE time of relegation. It was his fcuking fault anyway. Any monies like the 30m he loaned us last season or the initial paying of debt when he bought us, would surely be in the price pcp are paying.

    Future income? Get to fcuk you greedy fat cnut. Advertising I could live with for a year or two but to actually take future income away is a cnunty move but wouldn’t SUPRISE me in the slightest whereto slug is concerned.

    The wringing begun.

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #34

    Probably after the sulks staged paymens too the leech

  • lesh

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #35


    There have been questions about the grand old DoY’s involvement in dodgy transactions?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #36

    For all those of the “careful what you wish for” persuasion. Rafa will be gone and we will be relegated if Ashley stays, so be careful what you wish for.

  • booboo

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #37

    back in the day chelsea was a small club so was city it changed with the influx of money( back then they where no where near the clubs they are now), they where not bigger than us !!! money changed the premier league as we knew it.once again its happening this time to our beloved club. i think some filthy rich people wants to challenge their friends by making us a serious player in todays football why would somebody with the backing of mrs staveley buy a club without having plans for it to reach the top ? i believe and hope that we
    will be big players in modern football from now on.
    the giant awakens soon.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #38

    Bad news if they can’t afford the 300m outright. If that is the case, then they’ll only be here for a profit. So if they haven’t got the money, lets hope they’ve got the know-how which is possibly more important.

  • AncientC

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #39

    Jib, from earlier. Strange that you mention the Fun88 deal and the prospective buyers being from China. I had originally thought the same myself. When Charnley was over in China (Pre-Fun88) seeking new sponsors, I was argued with on the blog for saying I thought the club was going to be sold—the argument being that Ashley will never sell his free advertising mule. Charnley’s visit to china set off a few red flags imo.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 21, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #40

    The Chronicle mentioned that this tax investigation is causing a hold up, which was also suggested by a former chairman of some other club last month. I know I’ve already asked this, but is it possible to get points deductions for financial irregularities? Last time, I was told it won’t make any difference, but I’m pretty sure it can happen. Teams get penalised for going into administration all the time, and are supposed to get penalised for breaking fair play rules.

    If it’s a problem maybe we can follow the Qatari method and bribe the FA, and when the people we bribe get caught and we get off scot-free (more bribes), we can then get Stavely Airlines to sponsor the FA. Problem solved. I even suggest we go further and get Stavely Airlines to sponsor the referees union, before the Shiek thinks of it then we too can get loads of favourable decisions.


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