Dwight Gayle made his long-awaited return to the match-day squad against Manchester United before the international break. He was an unused substitute after missing the start to this season due to a pesky calf injury he suffered in July.
Steve Bruce seems to rate the striker who turns 29 tomorrow and will likely want to give him some time on the pitch before a decision is made on his future.
However, Bruce may not have the luxury of time to make a decision on Dwight. His contract will run out in the summer of 2021. Since he is nearing that pivotal age of 30, he may not be in line for a new one with Newcastle.
Dwight Gayle– likely to draw some interest in January
There is likely to be interest in Gayle this January from Championship clubs looking to make a splash in their run for promotion as he is a proven commodity in the second tier.
With Newcastle also reportedly considering additions this winter, Gayle may be one of the current crop of players who could be allowed to move on.
With the squad maxed out at twenty-five, a player will have to be dropped for each new arrival in January. So if Newcastle are serious about bringing in reinforcements, they will have to cut someone loose.
Former Middlesborough striker and lifelong Leeds fan Noel Whelan reckons that Leeds should make a winter move for Dwight Gayle. This is what Whelan had to say in Football Insider:
“I’ve seen the Radrizzani interview and it is exciting for Leeds fans. He talks about new investment if we get promoted this season.
“What Leeds need is investment not just for the Premier League, but for the January window. He should be looking to get a loan or some cash front-loaded for January. There is no guarantee we are going to go up.
“Do a deal now and get some money in. It doesn’t have to be a huge amount, just enough to immediately improve the team.
“I’m thinking a loan deal for someone like Dwight Gayle. He’d be perfect for us, a proven striker who could well be available and who has a brilliant record in the Championship.
“I can see him joining. We would just have to match his Newcastle wages, which Leeds probably wouldn’t be able to afford without new investment. That’s the reality.”
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani is considering an offer from Qatari Sports Investment that would give the club some serious financial clout. Qatari Sports Investment is run by Paris St-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
If Newcastle do decide to let Gayle leave in the January window, they should make sure it is a permanent deal only. It does Newcastle no good to let Gayle go out on loan and then return with just a year left on his contract.
He is unlikely to get a new deal at the club even if he starts banging in some goals this season. If there is interest in a permanent deal for Gayle this winter, then Newcastle should give it serious consideration. Of course, a lot of it will depend on the wages that Dwight will accept.