Rafa Not Sure If Striker Can Deliver The Goals This Season

Dwight Gayle has had a disappointing season so far and has scored only 3 goals in the 25 appearances he has made for the club.

Last season he had a few injuries in the Championship but still scored 23 goals in just  34 appearances, so he has shown clearly he can score goals down below.

But Dwight hasn’t been able to do that in England’s top league although he has been playing well recently – and was applauded off the field on Sunday after he had worked his socks off for the side.

He got an assist for Matt Richie’s winning goal and cleared off the line late in the game from Anthony Martial.

Dwight Gayle – in action on Sunday

Rafa is clear there is room for improvement in his team, even after such a great display as the lads gave last time out.

That’s both in the way the team plays and for each individual player too.

Rafa was asked in the Chronicle if he thought Dwight Gayle could start scoring goals for us:

“It is difficult to say.” “With strikers, it’s sometimes luck or sometimes being in the right place at the right time.”

“But the way that he is training and the way he is doing things it gives me confidence.” “We were doing a training drill and he was doing well.”

“Normally you can see when a player is trying and a player that is trying hard.”

“He’s doing well in the training sessions and you have confidence he will do well in the games.”

“Hopefully, we will see him scoring goals soon.”

It would be nice if we can start scoring more than one goal a game – and that will be necessary if we are going to improve our goal difference significantly this season.

At the end of the campaign, a good goal difference could be the key to our survival.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 16, 2018 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Code for he’s pants.

  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 16, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Missed the bus, see previous thread if you’re bothered.:)

  • c-dog

    Feb 16, 2018 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Neither Gayle nor Josiere have offered a thing this season. Hope Slimani goes straight in against Bournemouth and Ritchie and Shelvey push on from their fine displays against United.

  • magicmac54

    Feb 16, 2018 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #4

    I actually think we can get the best out of Dwight Gayle playing up front alongside Slimani, i think Slimani will be the perfect partner for Gayle. HWTL.


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