Dwight Gayle has come into some form over the last couple of months, and he is Newcastle’s top scorer this season, but with only 5 Premier League goals.
Once Islam Slimani is fit, we expect the 29-year-old Algerian International to be introduced into the side, but Gayle will still be a key player for us during the run-in.
He’s one of the few natural goalscorers we have at the club, and if given a chance Dwight can usually put the ball in the back of the net.
That’s precisely what he did twice in the first half at Bournemouth, so the number 9 can still score some very vital goals for us this season.
Dwight Gayle – in action against the Saints
He also had two excellent assists in the wins against Manchester United and Southampton when we got 6 valuable points.
This is what Gayle has said in the Chronicle today from sunny Spain:
“We’ve got a few days away in Spain and we’re going to be working hard.
“To be honest, it is a bit frustrating that we’re not playing this weekend.”
“We’ve had a couple of weeks now where we have had a good result but then not had a fixture to follow up.”
“That was the case after Man United when we didn’t play the next week, and now the same for the Southampton win.”
“We want to be out there and performing and picking up as many points as we can really. That’s it.”
“It will be a nice bonding session for the boys.” “It should be a nice couple of days to get some work in and do it in the sun.”
“Hopefully, we come back ready for the Huddersfield Town game.” “Everybody is focused on the main goal, which is to stay up.
“You can see that from every player.” “We’re all trying to work hard.
“We’re looking to get up the Premier League table and stay safe.”
Newcastle are having double training sessions in Murcia, Spain as Rafa prepares the squad for the friendly against Royal Antwerp on Sunday.
The squad will then return to Newcastle.
We need all 3 points against Huddersfield in our next game and if we can do that at St. James’ Park we will be very close to safety.
Maybe we can then relax a little?