Rafa Could Surprise Everybody And Keep This Striker On Tyneside


Dwight Gayle has not had a good season regarding scoring goals – he has scored only 5 goals in 34 appearances.

But since January when the new players arrived on loan Dwight has been confident and has managed to nail down a first team starting place even when Islam Slimani is fit.

It’s true that Dwight has never been able to score many goals in the Premier League, but he’s also been really unlucky this year.

For instance, that fantastic save by West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster on Saturday when it looked like he had scored.

Dwight Gayle – in action at Bournemouth

What has impressed us the most about Dwight is the way he plays up front.

He is much better now at holding the ball, and he assisted in four crucial goals for Newcastle.

So when he’s playing, he can make Newcastle look like a smooth flowing side.

Rafa will definitely bring in one or two new strikers this summer, but the surprise could be he could keep Dwight at Newcastle.

The news is that if Fulham get promoted their top Serbian manager, Slavisa Jokanovic wants to sign both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle.

Gayle could fetch up to £15M and Mitro over £20M so Rafa will have to weigh up whether he should cash in on Dwight now or give him another season in the Premier League.

Dwight has recently said he is happy at Newcastle – but isn’t everybody these days?

It will be an interesting decision Rafa will make this summer about the former Crystal Palace striker, and it could depend on what he is offered for the striker.

Dwight was phenomenal for us last season in the Championship with 23 league goals in just 34 appearances.

We’ll never forget that.

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42 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    May 4, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Welcome to the Newcastle United Ballot Box oops sorry…Blog!

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  • lesh

    May 4, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #2

    It’d be madness to sell either Mitro or Gayle at £20m and £15m, sell our only strikers for a total of £35m which in the current marketplace could be used to buy what?

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  • lesh

    May 4, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    RobLeenio (from previous thread)

    That’s exactly what I’m driving at. If Ashley says by his actions that the club isn’t strong enough to back Rafa to a reasonable degree, then by implication, it ain’t got the resources in place or the potential to justify a valuation of £400m.

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  • AncientC

    May 4, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4

    It is difficult to know which forwards will leave and which will stay. The optimal way to do things would be to sell off the weakest, first and foremost, then decide if the stronger forwards are good enough to be back up players, or can be improved upon in the transfer market.

    I cannot see Joselu going anywhere, not on his current wages. The club could bite the bullet and loan him out whilst paying at least half of his pay, but that doesn’t raise any funds, and Charnley will be cautious of replacing a player that is coming back in 12 months.

    It’s going to be another difficult window in which players have to be shifted out first, leaving Benitez to keep plates spinning in the air and Charnley onside.

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  • AncientC

    May 4, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Are you getting a pout on Tsunki? Better luck next time.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 4, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Is this the question time blog I’ve accidentally come on?

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  • Ron Knee

    May 4, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #7

    AncientC

    It might be difficult to find a club willing to loan Joselu.

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  • RobLeenio

    May 4, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Thanks Lesh, I thought I had you right. And it’s yet another string to Rafa’s increasingly powerful bow. Unless, of course, the chubby one has no realistic desire to sell which would make the point moot. Let’s hope he’s serious.

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  • lesh

    May 4, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9

    AncientC

    Charley’s got little or no influence at the club – it’s Ashley and his henchmen that Rafa needs to get and keep onside

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  • hibbit

    May 4, 2018 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Ron Knee
    Gateshead and Hartlepool have already inquired who knows who will be next !!!

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  • G

    May 4, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #11

    I’ve no problem at all with Gayle staying, and indeed starting next season. If we had a proper number 10 with him, then I believe he is capable of 15 – 18 goals a season, which isn’t bad at all this day and age. Before anybody asks, no I am not drunk. I believe he has the capability, he just needs that bit of confidence and ammunition.

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  • G

    May 4, 2018 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m not saying I don’t want us to invest in a new striker by the way, I’m just saying it would be very foolish to unload too many forwards in one window.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 4, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #13

    hibbit

    It would save him having to move house!

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  • hibbit

    May 4, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #14

    Ron Knee
    LOL

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  • lesh

    May 4, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #15

    RobLeenio

    I don’t think that Ashley has a real desire to sell unless it’s at his price. He probably sees the club as a platform for promoting SD.

    However, if he doesn’t back Rafa and Rafa walks, which manager that’s worth having would even want to work under Ashley and his regime?

    Ashley’s been cornered and could be even prove more dangerous than we’d imagine possible.

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  • AncientC

    May 4, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #16

    lesh, Barnes supposedly isn’t working for the club, so I wouldn’t like to think he is involved in club transfer dealings. I would have thought Barnes was more involved with selling the club, rather than the day-to-day running of things. I do not follow the Chronicle very often, so I may have missed reports that indicate differently.

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  • hibbit

    May 4, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #17

    AC
    bishop never misses a home game and hasnt for a very long time.
    barnes on the other hand has was very rarely seen at home games but has been to the last 4/5
    i have no idea if this means a change of order or not ??

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  • Geordie-john

    May 4, 2018 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Put Joselu in a cornflakes box and the unlucky team gets him for nowt.

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  • DubaiMicky

    May 4, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #19

    What I would like to know is what Barnes and Bishop do at the club, are they employed by them? What is their role in any decision making process etc.?

    Also there’s been some stoopid ideas spouted on this blog but hoping that Rafa leaves takes the biscuit.

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 4, 2018 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #20

    Wenger cut rather a pathetic figure in defeat last night. Sad to see his demise over the last few seasons as he brought a lot to the PL.
    If his players had the team spirit and work ethic that Rafa has instilled in our lads then the quality they have would have been more prevalent.

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  • Jib

    May 4, 2018 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #21
  • bettyswallocks

    May 4, 2018 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #22

    I can’t think of his name but Klopp’s understudy at Liverpool who has just left is the favourite to take over at Arsenal. Apparently he was the brains behind the high press all out attacking style that has served Liverpool so well.

    It’s gonna be interesting to see if Klopp fare’s as well without him and if he can rejuvenate the gooners if he goes there. Next season will be intriguing for many reasons as City will get stronger as Pep’s influence develops and sour faced Mourinho spends 100’s of millions to try and catch up. Chelsea will have to spend big or get left behind and I think Pochettino will leave Spurs for Spain.

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  • Jib

    May 4, 2018 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #23

    The only job Pochettino would leave the PL for
    is Real Madrid
    Perez won’t sack Zidane after reaching the final of the CL
    Anyway the Argentinian has said he wants to lead Spurs
    at their new Stadium.

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  • DubaiMicky

    May 4, 2018 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #24

    Fair comments there betty, I reckon next year will be similar to this, City winning Utd runner up, then a feeding frenzy.

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 4, 2018 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #25

    I think Pochettino will go to Madrid and as they are so reliant on him they won’t be as strong . Abramovic doesn’t seem up for the challenge of outspending the two Manc. Clubs so they could well drop back . Depending on who Arsenal appoint I think there will possibly be an opportunity for a mid table team to move up and achieve top six. Dare we dream.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 4, 2018 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #26

    Top 6 for us next season and a league cup trophy in the cabinet. We’ll play Sunderland in round 4 of the FA Cup at home and win 7-1. But we’ll get knocked out in the next round against Barnsley.

    I’ve read my tea leaves this morning. Fcuking teabag split!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2018 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Bishop is there purely to dream up sayings like I can’t spend 200M and qualifying for the CL is winning something.

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 4, 2018 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Jail………. Would you swap Klopp for Rafa?

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  • Toonces

    May 4, 2018 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Since there are a few articles about doom and gloom and nightmare scenarios, I have to throw out there as a very cynical conspiracy theory:

    When cAshley announced we were for sale back in October, we were sitting 6th in the table.

    He became worried that Rafa was going to work a miracle and have us finish in a European spot.

    When faced with this horrible prospect he knew there would be a massive expectation that such a finish would mandate more investment – i.e. net spend – in the transfer market. After all, he took the brunt of criticism for what happened after the season we finished 5th.

    So, he concocted the “NUFC is for sale” strategy to throw the club into chaos knowing that the impending media storm would be too much for our very young club to handle, even with Rafa at the helm. Results would slip up on the pitch due to the distraction of the constant speculation about the status of the club, and sure enough they did.

    To Ashley’s delight we dropped down the table towards the relegation spots, safely away from Europe.

    When faced with the realization his strategy worked too well, he announced any deal to sell the club was off for the time being and he approved Rafa’s January loan signings. The club under Rafa’s guidance climbed to the comfort and safety in the middle of the table. Job done. PL status secured. No worries about Europe.

    Crisis averted.

    Could such a theory be true?

    I don’t buy it mhyself but with Ashley, who knows 🙂

    HWTL!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2018 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Swallocks,
    Nope, not in a million years! I’d give wor lass up before Rafa.

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  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    May 4, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Here’s a pie in the sky thought
    Ash doesn’t commit.
    Rafa walks
    Value of the club plummets.
    Amanda swoops in to buy the club
    Rafa reveals to the papers that it was all a big plot between him and Amanda S. and he rejoins
    Yippee!
    Yeah,I know …..a load of crap.

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  • Tsunki

    May 4, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Toonces we might buy that if it happens again next year. It’s twice now isn’t it so far?

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  • Jib

    May 4, 2018 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Toonces
    How much did he pay Staveley to play along
    plus the lawyers involved in the three DD’s
    Do you believe the earth is flat as well ?

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  • RobLeenio

    May 4, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #34

    Toonces and Tosun, thanks for making me chuckle. So much effort from you both on theories you both acknowledge are nonsense. I love this blog for how we all over-analyse anything we possibly can, even though we all know we’re generally talking a load of sh!t
    😉

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 4, 2018 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #35

    Obviously there would be no point having Klopp as manager with our current squad and undoubtedly Rafa is the best manager for us under present circumstances by a country mile. He has massively over achieved and has us punching well above our weight for which I will be eternally grateful. As Sunderland have displayed it is so easy to capitulate if everyone at a club is not pulling in the same direction.

    However, whilst watching Liverpool destroying Roma at home last week I have to confess to feeling a bit envious. The swashbuckling style of their play and the fantastic atmosphere at Anfield had me nostalgically remembering when we were “The Entertainers”

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  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    May 4, 2018 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Cheers Rob, rest assured, I can talk a load of shit with the best of them!!

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  • Tsunki

    May 4, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #37

    Klopp getting our defence to Rafa’s standards? Getting our attack to his? Dream on sunshine 🙂

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  • DubaiMicky

    May 4, 2018 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #38

    It’s the hope that kills us Tsunki.

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 4, 2018 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Tsunki……….. If we can somehow find a couple of forward thinking players with enough ability and composure in front of goal who are also fleet of foot, then there is no reason we can’t continue with Rafa’s compact style and playing on the break but more effectively.

    I was watching Liverpool the other night and when they break they have five or six players bombing forward at the same time giving them so many options to score.

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  • magpie_in_ohio

    May 4, 2018 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Gayle’s effort and attitude have never been a question. Rather its his ability to finish, or lack thereof, that has been so frustrating. To say that he’s been unlikely is very generous. There have been numerous occasions in which a better first touch, or Premier level finishing prowess would’ve resulted in a goal. Far too many missed opportunities IMO.

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