West Brom failed to get promoted at the first time of asking last season and will have to spend at least another year down below in the Championship.
While they will get a reduced parachute payment from the Premier League, they will need to cut their cloth according to their means – which have been diminished.
So it should not come as a surprise that West Brom have announced they will not be buying Dwight Gayle.
It’s not the transfer fee, because they could have exchanged him for Rondon and maybe got £5M in addition from Newcastle.
But they cannot keep paying Gayle’s wages he gets from Newcastle.
And that could be a blow to Newcastle’s efforts of getting Rondon in part exchange for Gayle.
Rafa Benitez and Dwight Gayle at Newcastle
Dwight didn’t want to go to West Brom last summer and wanted to stay at Newcastle and was enticed to accept the loan by West Brom giving him a wage rise.
All of this was predicated on West Brom being promoted in their first year.
It just emphasizes what a magnificent job Rafa Benitez did for Newcastle (and Chris Hughton back in 2009-2010) because otherwise, we would have been in the exact same predicament.
West Brom’s Sporting and Technical Director Luke Dowling has said this about Dwight Gayle’s future to BBC West Midlands:
“Dwight’s contract is a Premier League contract.:
“We will pay Premier League contracts but only when we are back in the Premier League.”
“I know it won’t be the news Albion fans want to hear, but they need to trust us, and know we are doing everything right for this football club.”
“We don’t want to keep players on big contracts and then have to lay off normal staff and make people redundant.”
“We have good people behind the scenes.”
“We want to do that and still have a really competitive wage bill on the pitch, which we will have next year.”
Those are good points by Dowling and the club have some tough decisions to make this summer.
On the Rafa – Mike Ashley talks front – the only thing that matters right now – still no solid news – but they are going to have to tell us something soon.