With Steve Bruce talking about rotating players over the next couple of months, we have to believe that Dwight Gayle could get some more time on the pitch. His minutes have increased over the past two matches, playing close to 20 minutes in each outing.
Before that, he had amassed a total of just 10 minutes for Newcastle. In all of his appearances, Dwight has been a frustrated figure on the pitch as he’s barely touched the ball.
Even with him down in the pecking order, Bruce still rates the 29-year-old. He is desperate to hold onto his pacy forward past the January window.
Part of the issue with Dwight is that he’s a poacher whose ill-equipped to lead the line in Newcwastle’s current system.
He’s nothing like Joelinton, who prefers to sit much deeper, or Andy Carroll, whose strengths lie in his physicality and aerial ability.
However, Dwight could have a role to play at Newcastle as he’s our most natural finisher, and Bruce could make slight tweaks to accommodate him.
The Telegraph are reporting that Newcastle will only entertain bids of £15m or higher for Gayle.
While interest in Dwight’s services will be high from Championship clubs, they are unlikely to meet Newcastle’s valuation with most wanting Gayle on loan for a promotion push.
The report does say that while Gayle is interested in a move for increased first-team football, he is not openly pushing to leave Newcastle.
Unless a club can muster a bid in the £15m range, Dwight is likely to remain a Magpie until at least this summer. This stance makes a lot of sense for Newcastle as they will get immediate funds to replace the striker.
Whereas, a loan move even with an option to buy does little to help the team this season.
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