With Andy Carroll now out with a rib injury, Dwight Gayle’s place in the team is that much more important at least for this weekend.
While Bruce has relied on Andy to be his first substitute for Joelinton, that could fall to Dwight Gayle against Manchester City.
The 29-year-old has barely featured this season due to a calf injury he suffered in July. Though he’s been available for close to two months, Dwight has only played 22 minutes this season in 3 substitute appearances.
His longest outing was this past Monday in the 2-0 loss at Aston Villa when Gayle came on as a 78th-minute substitute for Joelinton. Andy Carroll had already come on for Paul Dummett as Bruce transitioned from a back five to a back four.
Gayle only managed two touches on Monday, and the reports were that he was extremely frustrated with the lack of service.
The interest in the 29-year-old from Championship clubs is well documented. It is expected that Nottingham Forest, West Brom, and Leeds could make a move for the poacher in January.
With just 18 months left on his contract and him fast approaching 30, it could be a sound move financially to offload Gayle this winter.
However, Steve Bruce is going to fight against any approaches for Dwight in January. The Chronicle have published some of Bruce’s comments on his rarely used striker. This is what the head coach had to say about allowing Gayle to leave:
“I don’t want to let Dwight Gayle go. I made that pretty clear in the summer. How would I replace him?
“And I wouldn’t want to let any of our good players going in January. I fought hard in the summer to keep him and that will be the case again.”
It’s all well and good for Steve Bruce to fight to keep Gayle at Newcastle. However, if he isn’t going to be used, then it may be best for Newcastle to get some funds so that he can be replaced.
While the amount of money Newcastle could get for Dwight would not fund a suitable replacement outright, it could help offset the fee for another striker. However, if Bruce is willing to give Gayle a chance then we are all for it.
Though his value diminishes with each passing window and since his contract is up in 2021, Bruce needs to either see what he can get out of the player or cash in on him to bring in someone who will actually get a game.