Dwight Gayle has been sidelined for the entire season due to a lingering calf injury that just hasn’t responded to treatment. He is a player that Steve Bruce seems to rate and has mentioned will provide a boost whenever he gets fit.
When the transfer window closed in early August, it was revealed that Dwight had been close to moving to either West Brom or Stoke City. However, both moves fell through in part due to Dwight’s wages.
Steve Bruce made the following comments after the window had closed:
“I see a role for him. The disappointing thing is the injury – he hasn’t kicked a ball yet. There’ll always be interest from the Championship.
“I think I’ve tried to sign him three times. But, since I came in, I’ve told him ‘Dwight, get yourself fit, and you can be part of this going forward’.
These comments were made practically one month ago, and Dwight seems no closer to being involved with the squad. We would hope that he can play some part in Newcastle’s season over the next three months before the January transfer window opens.
Dwight will turn 29 next month and has just 2 years remaining on his deal. He most likely will not get a new one at Newcastle. The winter window will be an opportune time to recoup some fees for Dwight.
If Gayle can be sold for between £10-15m that would be a significant boost to the transfer funds available this winter. It would also open up a squad place for an incoming transfer like Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen.
However, this is all going to depend on Dwight returning to full fitness by January. It seems that there may be some interest in Gayle this winter.
West Brom manager Slaven Bilic has made the following comments as published in the Shields Gazette:
“It would be brilliant for me to have another striker, but then again you can’t have them focused [if there are too many].
“We are okay. Now, for this moment we are having a few players who can’t make the squad. With the new signings, I’m telling the agents and the people who are calling, I’m saying ‘listen: give us the player, so we can check him’.
“If there was a one-off situation, if it’s a young player and we can use him, then okay – we’d consider it, but basically we are okay until January.”
Though West Brom brought in two strikers this summer in Kenneth Zohore and Charlie Austin, neither are similar players to Dwight Gayle. Interestingly, Bilic mentions that they are fine until January.
Gayle would be a fantastic winter addition for a Championship squad looking for a promotion push in the second half of the season. However, for Newcastle to get a reasonable fee for him, he needs to get this calf problem sorted.
Though Gayle will also have to be willing to move, which was an issue this summer. We’ll have to see how the next three months pan out with Dwight. If he is only going to remain on the fringes at Newcastle, then this January will probably be the last opportunity to cash in on him.