Dwight Gayle’s performances this year have been good, and he’s not only started scoring some goals for us, but in the last two homes games, he’s had an assist in both games – brilliant assists too.
Rafa Benitez had mentioned in January how he was pleased with the attitude of the striker and that \he was doing well in training.
Dwight has looked good, and one thing we’ve noticed is that he works his socks off for the side.
Rafa believes maybe the uptick in Dwight’s form is due to extra competition up front since Slimani arrived, even though Islam has been injured.
Islam Slimani – still has to show us what he can do
This is what Rafa has said about how the arrival of Slimani has affected Gayle – as reported in the Chronicle today:.
“He’s fine, he’s doing well,” “Joselu has not been playing too much at the moment, but whenever he is on the bench he is positive too.”
“Joselu plays 10 or 15 minutes at the end of games, he is giving us control and something different.”
“The competition now is quite good. And Islam Slimani, when he comes back to fitness, will have to compete with them.”
“Islam has confidence in himself, which is positive, but he has to show us this in the training sessions and with his country.”
“Then we will see what happens against Huddersfield.”
Rafa is a great believer in having as much competition as possible for first-team positions.
It seems to be working, and hopefully, we can get our third successive home win against the Terriers on Saturday.
If we do win, it will be only the second time this season we have won two games in a row.
Howay The Lads!!