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Bruce’s Stance On Striker Is A Sensible One


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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8 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 2, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #1

    The one advantage that Gayle has when compared with our other three speed demons (Alrmiron, ASM and Yedlin) is that he’s a naturally gifted finisher. I know that his record in the Premier League is less good than his record in the Champo, but I’m thinking about situations one-on-one with the keeper rather than hurried snap-shots or headers under pressure from defenders.

    It’s almost guaranteed that he would have finished off a number of chances that ASM, Joe and Miggy have missed this season. Whether he would have been in the right position or not is another question entirely.

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  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 2, 2019 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #2

    He looked very rusted during his last weekend’s cameo.

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 2, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #3

    A recent tweet:

    “Listening to @Redknapp entertaining @LordsTaverners Xmas lunch. @Arsenal getting a good kicking. Also delivered the sad news his dog died recently. ‘Still, she had a good life – how many dogs get their own bank account in Monaco?’”

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  • Moonraker15

    Dec 2, 2019 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Jib
    So we’re now paying £40 million for “potential” are we?
    Tell your owner he’s a laughing stock.
    Time will tell whether Joelinton makes it but I wouldn’t back him to heavily if I were you.
    Haha you’re such a dick!

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  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 2, 2019 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #5

    I was just checking what kept a team up in the 20-team EPL. Turns out, there is a strong case for continuing with austerity measures.

    Since GF > 29 and GD > -14 has ensured safety, we should be OK to continue with our ways (of defenders scoring, set pieces working out and flukes going in) without making any more offensive purchase (I just meant purchase of a player for our attack line, not that our earlier purchases offended anyone). We only need to tighten our defense a bit, which can also be done without difficulty with so many high quality defenders in our line up already.

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  • Moonraker15

    Dec 2, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Ron
    I can’t help liking Harry Redknapp even though I’m not sure I would trust him. Good banter re the dog’s bank account Monaco! Haha

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  • Moonraker15

    Dec 2, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #7

    US
    You are assuming our defenders keep on scoring! They won’t! That’s why they’re defenders! Your theory is flawed; when we had decent goal scorers (last season), our defence and Rafa’s tactics kept us up and, in fact we were having a good run up to him leaving.
    So, we need a goal scorer ASAP and in the meantime give Gayle a fun and put Joey on the bench!

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  • Moonraker15

    Dec 2, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #8

    *give Gayle a run, not fun!

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