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Bruce Is Reluctant To Let Fringe Player Leave In January


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.


73 comments so far

  • boss hoggs atm

    Nov 30, 2019 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #1

    Shock horror, theirs a surprise, was always a sweetener for the gullible fans nothing more, reap what you sow…

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  • boss hoggs atm

    Nov 30, 2019 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Previous comment about Carroll, as for Gayle, average championship player nothing more, but Bruce already knows that’s all he’s got & will ever get before next summer…

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  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 30, 2019 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Bruce has no say on transfers. If we manage to maintain the gap with relegation spots, there could be a few departures coming soon. Noises in the media and from the head coach are priming us for that. Although a CDM and a CF are badly needed right now, whether that happens would depend on how precarious is our position toward the middle of winter transfer window. Only if our situation turns worse (from our Dec fixtures that very much seems likely) Ashley may pitch in.

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  • Assassins Inc

    Nov 30, 2019 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #4

    If Ashley doesn’t secure a player like Bowen to score goals, we are well and truly, fcuked.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2019 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #5

    boss hoggs atm,
    How on earth can you say Gayle is an average Championship player, he might not be good enough for the PL but he is a goal machine in the Championship, to say he is just average makes you sound if you’re moaning purely for the sake of it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2019 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #6

    How do we know Bowen is going to step up and score goals, you need to slowly bed these players in not just throw them in at the deep end. Jacob Murphy anyone.

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  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 30, 2019 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #7

    I agree 100% that our situation calls for finished articles; like Cisse. But that is difficult to deliver all the time.

    Jacob Murphy was a bit of disappointment, IMO. He wasn’t physically strong and couldn’t retain the ball.

    Realistically I see us “persevering” with what we have hoping for a dozen goals from regular front three (that’s in line with their past records), half as many from Gayle, and set pieces (and flukes) make up for the rest. That may keep us up with a tight well drilled defence in place but only just. Unfortunately for us though, defence is also appearing to be leaky this time around. Let’s see how our defence performs today.

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  • hibbit

    Nov 30, 2019 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #8

    well that’s as a shock Andy Carroll injured !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2019 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #9

    4 Hours 55 minutes to KO

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  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2019 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #10

    The one factor vs Man City in our favour
    Of all the top teams they do leave themselves
    open the most at the back when attacking.

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  • Nufc-83

    Nov 30, 2019 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #11

    What’s with the WOW toon!

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 30, 2019 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #12

    I’d just like to point out that those who talk about Mitrovic as if he would be an asset for this club in the premiership and that it was a “huge mistake” letting him go (the one about very nearly costing us the championship had me laughing oh dear oh dear) need to be reminded of a few things since they have obvious memory problems:-

    This is a worldwide blog, when you post these daft things it stays there indefinitely.

    Mitrovic was neither a good fit or an effective player for us, if you like stats, do a simple check.

    Mitrobic is a good championship striker.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 30, 2019 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Yeah mitrobic ha ha

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #14

    So let’s recap current developments and the state of things at NUFC.

    Ashley has set up a closed shop token “fan representation” which is designed to pacify the games rulemaker’s and quell inquisitive fans, thereby creating more division in the fan base.

    Andy Carroll, who came here in a box marked “Slight Seconds (Grade C) No Warranty, No Refunds Accepted”, remains unfit for the duration, as advertised.

    The performance of a championship striker who failed miserably before, and the “prospects” in other championship clubs, are now being seen as the solution to squad improvement. Never mind the fact this never worked before despite years of trying.

    With Joselinton shambling alone in vague confusion like an escaped care home patient in the Apple Store, we are now wringing our hands hoping we can keep hold of a championship striker.

    In conclusion, this has all the makings of a Newcastle United 1-0 win 😀

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #15

    I didn’t mention injuries as I did so at the start of the season 😉

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  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #16

    I’d be really interested to see a PL club that has fan representation
    actually being able to voice concerns on the actual running of the club.

    If anyone has a link ?

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Jib what would be interesting assortment is finding a club that runs the same way ashley does this one first.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #18

    Assortment? That was “is” right before I hit submit. Dear oh dear.

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  • Nufc-83

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #19

    Jib without looking at all other clubs communication structures the previous fans forum at least allowed questions to be put to the club officials even if it was not answered with the detail we would all like. This current set up you will have a group for ticketing headed up by the manager of the ticket office or something along those lines.

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  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #20

    Tsunki

    Nah
    what would be interesting
    finding a club where fans don’t whinge their tits off

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  • Nufc-83

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #21

    So I decided to take up the task to look at Man united fans meeting and they do it in a similar way to our old structure.

    At the end of the session included in the minutes are questions around the appointment of a new director of football and then there transfer strategy. The club secretary etc were present at this fans meeting.

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  • Nufc-83

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #22

    These dedicated groups to ticketing, community etc will mean no fans can voice concerns to the club directly about the major issues.

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  • Nufc-83

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #23

    For*

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #24

    GUARDIAN – Flaky defence meets toothless attack at St James’ Park
    Steve Bruce said Newcastle were too passive during Monday’s sorry defeat at Aston Villa. One thing he can actively do about that is drop Jonjo Shelvey, who was irrelevant in midfield at Villa Park. With Sean Longstaff available again after suspension, and Matty Longstaff in line for a return to the starting lineup, Shelvey should be parked on the bench. Bruce probably wishes he could also make changes up front to try to exploit City’s defensive flakiness. There is not often a good case for starting Andy Carroll but this time there are two: City’s fragility and Joelinton’s haplessness. At least Allan Saint-Maximin shows signs of menace, even if his finishing so far has been down there Miguel Almirón’s. Mind you, Gabriel Jesus has not been looking sharp recently for City. So even though injury deprives both clubs of their best centre-backs (Jamaal Lascelles and Aymeric Laporte respectively), this match has the potential to end in a ridiculous 0-0 if midfielders do not step up. PD

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #25

    Nice to see your club perspective on fans. You obviously buy into its or manipulation model heavily.

    Here’s a link from a West ham supporters meeting minutes for you. I very much doubt you’d find the same kind of dialogue with our club. And yes,vtgey do appear to be similar fans in the “whingeing” department.

    https://www.whufc.com/sites/default/files/inline-files/Emergency%20SAB%20minutes%20260318_5.pdf

    You are a shameless and brazen defender of this clubs horrible setup and your view of its fans is as despicable as your personality radiates on here year after year. You are the poster boy of exactly what is wrong here. NUFC’s Lord Haw-Haw.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #26

    Jib is exactly of the mindset of Ashley. The type of guy who would push for legislation so consumers have no rights or redress or return policy for shoddy goods.

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  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #27

    Interesting point from those West Ham minutes

    “David Baker raised the opinion that the random nature of
    social media means that supporters are becoming their own
    worst enemy”

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #28

    “Germany calling, Germany calling.”

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  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #29

    Ron
    I believe Joyce was Irish

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  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #30

    I hope I don’t get hanged

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  • thereallowickmag

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #31

    Jib
    I would class Leicester city as a club that we should at least be on par with. The difference is the way the club is ran and the respect the owners have for the fans. Which is repaid by the respect the fans have for the owners.
    A properly run club with proper morals. It’s not too much to ask is it?

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  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #32

    thereallowickmag
    I was going to say Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
    was the exception to the rule

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #33

    Ha ha jib you picked that out of half a dozen pages of dialogue? What about the plea by the club rep asking for the supporters groups to be made aware by social media to get involved in club dialogue? That one skimmed over nicely didn’t it. Are you counting on nobody else reading that pdf?

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #34

    Jib, are you a “fan” on social media who is your own worst enemy?

    😉

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #35

    I would like to see all the protest groups back a policy of no engagement with the current owner. The latest version of the fan forum is just another attempt to white wash and legitimise. Let the NUST deal with the club officials but do not let the club fulfil their PL requirement, as it has blatantly failed to properly organise itself for a significant amount of time now.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 30, 2019 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #36

    Jail, I can’t believe you posted this – to say he is just average makes you sound if you’re moaning purely for the sake of it.

    That is absolutely choice coming from the biggest moaner on the blog!

    A man who claims every toon win under Bruce is just a brief flash of light in the doom and gloom of NUFC.

    If by no chance we win the League this year Jail would celebrate by saying Bruce will be sacked for over achieving, all the best players will be sold and unproven young foreigners bought to keep us one place above a relegation spot.

    Haarrrrummmphhhhh!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 30, 2019 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #37

    Maximin—Gayle
    Willem—S. Longstaff—Hayden—Atsu
    Dummett—Clarke—Fernandez—Schar
    Dubravka

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 30, 2019 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #38

    Jib

    Joyce was American, but:

    “The historian A.J.P. Taylor remarked in his book English History 1914–1945 that “Technically, Joyce was hanged for making a false statement when applying for a passport, the usual penalty for which is a small fine.”

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  • Assassins Inc

    Nov 30, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #39

    Jail, your comparing Murphy to Bowen, now that’s a stretch.

    Stats, Murphy, Championship 59 appearances, total 13 goals, averages out at a goal every 4.54 games.

    Stats, Bowen, Championship 106 appearances, total 49 goals, averages out at a goal every 2.16 games.

    I did say a player like Bowen, we ain’t getting someone like Kane or Salah to the club so we have to take some kind of gamble.

    On paper Murphy isn’t fit enough to wipe Bowen ass, but happy you brought Murphy into a conversation, so I can show stats.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 30, 2019 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #40

    The youtube video of training posted yesterday highlighted the contrast of investment and engagement between the squad and coaches, as it was immediately followed by the much improved preperations made by City.

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