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‘Natural Finisher’ – Bruce Thinks Striker Can Finally Have An Impact This Season

Steve Bruce will have a few more options up front against Crystal Palace. Both Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto have trained all week and are in contention for the match on Saturday. Although Joelinton has been struggling with a sore thigh, he is expected to make the trip also.

It’s been an unfortunate year so far for Dwight Gayle. He missed the first two and a half months of the campaign with a pesky calf injury picked up in July.

Once fit, Gayle found it hard to get into the team, not making his first start until the Boxing Day defeat at Manchester United. The 29-year-old was handed a second start at Wolves a few weeks later, and he lasted all of 28 minutes before being forced off with his hamstring injury.

It was a massive blow for the poacher but also for Steve Bruce. Gayle looked very sharp at Molineux even chipping in with an assist on Miguel Almiron’s goal.

Gayle is now back and ready to go after his latest injury setback. We don’t think Bruce will pull the trigger just yet and start Gayle at Selhurst Park. However, he could be close to a run in the team.

The Shields Gazette have published some comments Steve Bruce made about a striker he has always rated very highly.

“Has he played a lot week in week out in the Premier League? I don’t think so.

“I think he’s always been in and around the Championship when I’ve seen him. A lot of people said Vardy couldn’t do it, this one couldn’t do it.

“Dwight’s a natural goalscorer. His instincts, his movement, all of it’s a natural goalscorer’s. Left foot or right foot. Natural finisher.

“When I walked through the door, I was delighted he was here. We’ve only seen glimpses. We haven’t seen him enough. He’s a natural goalscorer, without question.”

Dwight was given a good run in the team by Rafa Benitez a few seasons ago. However, he only managed 6 goals in 35 appearances, 23 of which were starts.

While he’s no Jamie Vardy, he is a natural finisher who can contribute with a few goals. If new boys Danny Rose and Valentino Lazaro can get some quality deliveries into the box, the hope is Gayle can get on the end of a few those and put some into the back of the net.

We expect Gayle to make a cameo tomorrow, depending on how the game is unfolding. If he can play like he did for those 30 minutes at Wolves, that would be a boost to this club.

Note: Here’s an update on Ed Harrison in the Chronicle.

70 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 21, 2020 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Good game Nicky.

    Off the top of my head, no order at all (top 11 just cos it’s the number in a team)

    Albert, Pav, Shearer, Rob Lee, Keegan, Tino, Bez, Nobby, Lee Clark, Psycho, Beardsley

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 21, 2020 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #2

    I think Joelinton will start and Gayle come on for 20-30 minutes. I also think it should be the other way around.

  • stan anderson

    Feb 22, 2020 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Peter Beardsley on his game was awesome.
    I could add about 30 more from years gone by,none of the present lot though.
    Supermac,Wyn Davies,Jinky Jimmy,Gazza,the list is endless

  • toon22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #4

    If only someone would stump up the cash Jabba asked for
    Some rich dude
    Maybe he needs to see the money on the table for 3 years in a row to be sure ?

    Stay positive though Jabba can smell next seasons tv money

  • toon22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Jabba has turned into the elephant in the room
    Not just on this blog
    But everywhere

    Its like the obvious problem is not just ignored, its actively encouraged

    Would be a shame if someone refused to let that happen ever again

  • stan anderson

    Feb 22, 2020 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Tony Green was a bit special during his short time before injury done his career in,such a shame.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 22, 2020 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t think Gayle is a centre forward at this level. I think he’s a second striker or wider attacker best used from the bench for a mid table epl side. Definitely an absolutely top notch Championship striker though. Don’t want to give the impression I don’t rate him as a footballer. He is very good.

  • lesh

    Feb 22, 2020 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #8



    That film’s subject’s more like Phillip Green but him and the fat man are much the same except Green got caught out screwing the pension fund over. Ashley’ll get his comeuppance one day, but like the other one, won’t get what he deserves – life in the slammer!

  • Uncertain Toon

    Feb 22, 2020 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Jib and Munster just remind me of Thrush

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 22, 2020 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #10


    Shearer, Keegan, Speed, Robert, Solano, Beardsley, Beresford, Srnicek, Albert, Bellamy.

    Honourable mentions for Tiote, Given and Sellars.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 22, 2020 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #11

    We should have more of these little things.

    Favourite match, worst match, funniest memory, most painful memory etc

  • toon22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #12


    As ever
    If it’s possible to say something bad about our fat greedy owner
    I’m happy talking about it

    Let’s face it , we all know it has to end
    The lies , the greed , the dodgy deals
    It simply can’t go on forever

    What it boils down to is at what point does he think he can still sell while getting away with it all
    At what point will he get maximum money for what’s left of the club

    Let’s be real, there’s not much left right now

    Our pain is measured in Jabbas greed
    There is an actual correlation

  • toon22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #13


    I’d rather have thrush than talk to either

  • toon22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #14

    What is certain from here on in
    The sale lie has ended

    He said he wanted to sell
    And a buyer met his price
    Money on table

    If he can’t sell it’s not due to anything other than pure greed

  • toon22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #15

    Our club isn’t just another tat shop
    With a sale sign in the window

    We are way past that rubbish
    That lie is long gone

  • Assassins Inc

    Feb 22, 2020 at 4:19 AM

    Comment #16

    Come on SB, play two up front, Gayle at his old club wanting to prove something.
    Stop Joe feeling like a ginger step child, oh shit we still have one of those, don’t need two.

  • Online Guy

    Feb 22, 2020 at 4:19 AM

    Comment #17

    Lesh, Wor Bill, Jib ,

    Dennis Skinner , still kicking, and was still representing Bolsover in 2019 ..seen an interview with him recently , still got fire in his heart.

    Then old Enoch , love him or hate him he had one of the finest minds and intellect coupled with a clear vision of what was to come in some aspects .

    Fascinating taking in this old debate and Enoch summing up.


  • Online Guy

    Feb 22, 2020 at 4:23 AM

    Comment #18


    Part two .

    I see Enoch and Dennis Skinner got past Ed’s political filter ! Hwtl !

  • Unused Substitute

    Feb 22, 2020 at 5:22 AM

    Comment #19

    Goodluck to Gayle or whoever leads our line against CP. With our usual 191 setup even Agüero would find it difficult to score from open play. Since against CP an aggressive setup is what’s needed for a result, going with a 191 would be a shame.

  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Feb 22, 2020 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #20

    if we changed tactics CP would be stunned. lets see if bruce can do tactics. is this the match plan b is revealed.

  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #21

    Good or bad morning!? Ashley still around o` sole mio sold?

  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Feb 22, 2020 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #22

    If Ashley goes i`ll stop drinking a-hol for one y period, save me Ashley, i need you! Join me! #if Ashley leaves i leave alcohol

  • stan anderson

    Feb 22, 2020 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #23

    One of my memories was Alan Suddick pulling one of the oppositions shorts down when they were forming a wall. Not sure but may have been against Bury in the early 1960s.
    Funny memories ??

  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2020 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #24

    With his lack of match time starting Gayle would be a major error
    That’s how he got his hammy v Wolves
    You bring him on half way through the second half when the opposition
    are tiring.

  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2020 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #25

    If we are still in the game with 30 minutes to go
    Ritchie and Gayle introduced as impact players could work

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 22, 2020 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #26

    From twitter

    Wow. So we wasted £40m on a bloke who doesn’t score goals after the two top scorers from last season were allowed to leave. That is beyond parody

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 22, 2020 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #27

    Jib………. Whilst yer aboot. D’yer reckon there’ll be any streams available for the Fury fight that work on iPad?

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 22, 2020 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #28
  • Ron Knee

    Feb 22, 2020 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #29

    In case you missed it yesterday – Chronicle article on Dr Ed:


  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2020 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #30
  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2020 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #31

    Ron do you even look at the articles ?
    Read Neil’s last sentence

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 22, 2020 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #32

    Thanks Jib.

  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2020 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #33


  • thereallowickmag

    Feb 22, 2020 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #34

    does anyone know what the clubs actual plan is? Do they have a plan?
    Both allardyce and Arteta have confirmed they were offered the job in the summer. You could not get two such contrasting managers/football people.
    Seems to me their is no plan. That says to me Ashley doesn’t give a sh*t what’s actually happening on the pitch it’s simply the advertisement boards around it.

  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2020 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #35

    How do you think the fight will go ?
    It has always been hard to beat a Yank in the USA.
    They seem to have loaded the match officials against
    the big fella in las Vegas

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 22, 2020 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #36

    You can have the best finisher In the world but it is no good if you don’t supply the ammunition

  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2020 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #37

    The manager situation is one of the things that confirms an ongoing buyout to me
    Ashley is on record as saying you cannot sell a club without a manager.
    The desperation to appoint anyone quickly and not appoint a caretaker from
    within gives me hope.

  • Reilly

    Feb 22, 2020 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #38

    5 am kick off for the fight init.I probs download it when i get up the morra. 😆

  • thereallowickmag

    Feb 22, 2020 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #39

    Hope you’re right but it says to me that it was a decision made like so many of Ashley’s decisions over the years. He wakes up in the morning, decides what fettle he’s in and makes a rash decision based on that.
    He makes on the spot decisions depending on his fettle. He does not care about the consequences.
    Allardyce one day Arteta the next. Polar opposites.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 22, 2020 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #40

    Football Daily – weekend review


    19.15 John Carver opens up the debate on nufc


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