Dwight Gayle had his best spell on the pitch this season at Wolves playing up top with Almiron and Joelinton in support on either flank. His movement was outstanding, and he got a deft assist on Miguel Almiron’s goal.
However, Dwight suffered another injury less than 30 minutes in and had to be replaced by Christian Atsu, who had a very poor outing, to say the least.
The Daily Mail are reporting some good news on Gayle’s injury. It’s not as bad as was first feared.
According to the report, Dwight should be back training in a couple of weeks and make his return early next month. That is if he is still a Magpie.
Dwight has been linked most recently with Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, and now West Brom are said to be back in for the 29-year-old.
Reports last week stated that Leeds had been quoted a staggering fee of £20m to bring Gayle in. Newcastle also were driving a hard bargain on any loan deal for Gayle.
Clubs would have to pay a high percentage of his wages as well as a loan fee while agreeing to pay £20m this summer.
However, there is a report in the Telegraph that Newcastle’s demands are not quite so stringent.
The new details are that any club wishing to loan Gayle for the remainder of the season will have to pay all of his wages and then pay £20m only if they are promoted.
Steve Bruce, though, wants to keep Gayle at Newcastle regardless of reinforcements. Here is a quote from the head coach after the Wolves match.
SB on Dwight Gayle's future: "I waited for him for two and a half months because he was injured, then the team was doing OK so he struggled to get in. I've started him twice in the last four/five games and he was excellent today before his injury so he's not going anywhere." pic.twitter.com/OiaNQ1xB12
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 11, 2020
A lot will depend on whether Newcastle can bring in any of their targets this winter. If they can, then there’s a good chance Gayle will want to leave for first-team football.
The good news is that is still an option with his most recent injury problem likely not to keep out for more than a few weeks.
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- Sean Longstaff (1%, 16 )
- Isaac Hayden (1%, 15 )
- Christian Atsu (1%, 15 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (1%, 12 )
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