Ever since Steve Bruce joined Newcastle this summer, he has spoken highly of striker Dwight Gayle. Bruce has cited several times how he coveted the striker while coaching in the Championship.
Bruce gave the 29-year-old a place on the substitute bench for the last two matches in place of Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto. Against Chelsea, he brought Gayle on for the final ten minutes for his first appearance in a black and white shirt since May of 2018.
It seems that Bruce is going to give Dwight Gayle every opportunity to resurrect his Newcastle career. That may start this weekend at St James Park against Wolves.
On Sunday, Lee Ryder wrote the following in the Chronicle:
Gayle should start against Wolves next week and hopefully, he can take his anger out on the Europa League outfit.
Lee was referencing Gayle’s frustration during the Chelsea match, where he failed to get a touch. He also had words after the match with Ciaran Clark as he felt he was better positioned to attack Christian Atsu’s late cross.
Steve Bruce has again spoken about Dwight Gayle after his inaugural appearance of the season. This is what Steve Bruce had to say in the Chronicle about Gayle and the difficulties he’s faced recently:
“What happened last year or the past, I am not really interested in when it comes to Dwight.
“The thing for Dwight is that whatever number he has on his back he’s got the ability to score goals.
“I am delighted that he’s around us because he is a very, very good player. And I am delighted he’s here.
“He can knuckle down now and fight for his chance.”
Steve was referencing Gayle losing the number 9 shirt to Joelinton this summer. Dwight now wears the number 12 shirt.
Bruce went on to again talk about how he’s had Dwight on his wishlist in seasons past but was unable to afford him:
“I have tried to sign Dwight three times but could never afford him.
“It’s vitally important that he stays fit because he reminds me of why I have tried to buy him that many times.
“In training, I get those reminders as his finishing is excellent, excellent. I am delighted to have him.
“He’s booming around the training ground and again he gives me another option which is good.”
It seems that Dwight is now very much in the fold at Newcastle. He has Joelinton who has started every match as as Andy Carroll who has made a substitute appearance in the last four.
Gayle gives Bruce a different type of option from the other two, as he is more of a poacher. It looks like he may very get more time on the pitch on Sunday.