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Bruce Still Sees Role For Frustrated Magpie

When Dwight Gayle didn’t make the trip to Rochdale last Saturday, we had assumed it was to not cup-tie him in the hopes that Newcastle could keep his value as high as possible.

That turned out not to be the case. Gayle suffered a knock in training that forced him to be unavailable for the FA Cup.

Bruce has always maintained that he rates the 29-year-old highly. However, Bruce has yet to give Dwight a run of games since he returned from his calf problem in October.

Gayle has played just 150 minutes of football over 8 appearances. With only one of those being starts.

There have been rumblings of late that he’s looking for an exit this window.

However, Newcastle have set a staggering price on the poacher wanting as much as £20m. That is a bridge too far for any Championship club hoping to bring Dwight in this month.

The Shields Gazette have published some of Steve Bruce’s comments about Dwight’s situation at Newcastle. Here are some of those comments:

“I can see a role for Dwight. I’ve always liked him. Unfortunately, he got injured.

“Whatever happened to him in the past, he hasn’t felt part of the picture, but I started him against Manchester United (on Boxing Day).

“He was stiff afterwards because it was his first game for months, but he’s available for the Wolves game. Let’s see what that brings.

“He’s a very good player – and a vital part of the squad. I understand he might be (frustrated).

“I wouldn’t expect any different – I’d be the same. If you don’t play, you’re not happy.”

Bruce’s comments, coupled with the high valuation, lead us to believe that Newcastle want to hang onto Gayle this window. It could be that they don’t have much faith in getting in another striker this window.

That would be a precarious proposition for Newcastle, who average less than a goal a game. While Gayle is still shaking off the rust from not playing much this season, he’s missed two supreme chances that could have made all the difference for Newcastle.

We’ll see if Gayle gets in from the start against Wolves today. Maybe playing Andy Carroll and Dwight in the classic big striker/little striker partnership can pay some dividends.

It will be telling if Gayle is still left out today. After Joelinton’s performance at Rochdale, it may be the time to allow him to take a step away and watch a couple of matches from the sideline.

That would also allow Dwight a run of games if he can stay fit. Maybe if he can find his rhythm, he can also find the back of the net.

12 comments so far

  • simon376

    Jan 11, 2020 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #1

    That’s what I wasn’t sure about as well but just feel like got to fit him in some how

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Dwight Gayle – appearances 179 goals 68

  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #3


    Welshy boyoo,

    When slagging off Rafa, haven’t you overlooked the facts that:

    Contracts have more than one party involved

    Charmless was making noises that he was confident Rafa would sign up for more

    BZG were in the background

    Ashley was trying to recruit a Rafa replacement but was errr, shall we say having trouble finding the right person (ie, who hadn’t told him to try elsewhere)

    Ashley could have paid Rafa’s contract up and appointed a replacement – if he had one and

    Used the whole charade to delay recruitment. Have you forgotten how many times Rafa called for them to get transfer business done early?

    NUFC eded up losing Rafa and appointing one of the few who would’ve accepted his terms and modus operandi.

    You surely can’t, seriously blame Rafa for the mess the club’s in – again?

  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Brucey likes Gayle does he?

    Could Brucey have been left with no choice but to ‘like’ Gayle because he’s been told to use what players he’s got or do without? That might explain the recall of some loaned too?

    Welcome to the world of football – Ashley style.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #5


    Bladey, losing his head, again!


  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #6


    recall of some *loaned too? = loanees…

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Leah you’re asking welshie to comprehend a lot of things, he’s just not on that plane of consciousness I’m afraid. Use smaller words, shorter sentences and less of them. And space them apart a day so the last concept sinks in before moving on to the next. Hasn’t worked on him yet but we have a duty. 😀

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #8

    2 Hours 30 Minutes to KO!

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #9

    “I can see a role for Dwight,”he added. “I’ve always liked him.

    “Of course, I understand that he may be frustrated but he’s a vital part of this squad and will get his chance.”

    Trouble is Gayle, as with others, needs a few games to get up to match speed. Playing him occassionally as a sub does not get him up to the required level and expecting him to be immediately score in his first start will not happen.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #10

    What do those appearance stats relate to Lindisfarne? It’s worth noting how many goals he’s scored in champo and prem.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #11

    I think Dwight’s role may be to get sold for Mikem’s shop fund!

  • fairscup

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Looks to me from those comments that Gayle will play today in place of J********


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