One of Steve Bruce’s strengths is that he is a very good man-manager. He has come into Newcastle and been able to handle the players very well.
We do give Bruce a lot of the credit for keeping players like Isaac Hayden and Martin Dubravka at the club. Both Isaac and Martin have been our standout performers in the two opening games this season.
Another player that Steve Bruce wanted to keep at Newcastle is striker Dwight Gayle. Dwight is a very different player to both Joelinton and Miguel Almiron in that he is a poacher who will find space in the box and pounce at chances that come his way.
He will stay high and not drop as deep as Joelinton has in his two appearances. He could possibly do a decent job for Newcastle this season. However, he is untested in the Premier League and has yet to prove he can consistently score goals in England’s top flight.
Dwight Gayle– can bring something different to the attack
Granted Gayle has never had a run of games to prove himself in the Premier League. He likely won’t get that opportunity this season either but could serve as a late-game substitute. Gayle could even prove useful if Bruce decides to deploy a more conventional target man/poacher partnership with Andy Carroll.
However, Dwight Gayle is most likely not going to be the answer to Newcastle’s scoring problems this season. He can definitely help out, but it is looking like goals are going to have to come from a collection of players this season.
If Joelinton is isolated up top and unable to link up play at 6’2″, what chance is Dwight Gayle going to have in this Newcastle team. We really feel Steve Bruce should have a rethink about the 3-5-2 formation he has been using so far.
Steve has made some comments about Gayle in the Chronicle and it looks like he may be available soon.
“On the last day in China we thought he was going to be OK. Then he had a setback.
“I hope he can get fit again.
“When I analysed the squad I know he’s capable of scoring a goal.
“If you are a Championship manager you’d take Dwight Gayle because he’s the best striker in the Championship.
“He must be able to contribute to the Premier League too.
“I hope he will be back before Andy Carroll.
“I said to the lad when all the talk of him moving was whirring away, that I’d tried to buy him.
“I’d never been able to afford him.
“But I tried to take him wherever I have gone in the Championship.”
The problem we have with these comments about Gayle is that they lack the awareness of the situation Steve Bruce finds himself in at the moment. He has tried to compliment Dwight Gayle, which is commendable but has basically described him as a Championship player. A Championship player who he can’t wait to finally get to work with.
He does provide the caveat that Gayle has to “contribute to the Premier League too.” However, Bruce really needs to be more mindful in choosing his words. While we agree that Dwight Gayle may be able to help Newcastle this season, the words Bruce has chosen to get his point across could draw unnecessary criticism his way.
We feel a bit for Steve at the moment as he is already being tipped to be one of the first managers sacked, while Newcastle have become one of the favorites for relegation. This is after just two games into the season.
Every decision he makes, every word he utters will be under scrutiny. We sympathize with him, but that is the job he has signed up for.