Dwight Gayle’s impact on Newcastle’s style of play was immediately evident yesterday against Burnley. Dwight played very well in just his third start of the season and his first action since suffering a hamstring injury against Wolves in January.
The match at Molineux saw Gayle at close to his best as he was a constant thorn in their side. He ran the channels, found space, and provided a continual presence up the pitch, albeit for only 30 minutes.
We saw that yesterday as well against Burnley, but without the sharpness we saw against Wolves. That fine-tuning to Dwight’s game will only come with more time in the team.
The Chronicle has conducted an interviewed with Dwight who is actually spot on with his assessment of yesterday’s match.
This is what Gayle had to say about the positives and negatives of yesterday’s proceedings:
“It was frustrating not to get the win, and we didn’t score again. But there were some positives to take from the game.
“The fact we tried a new formation with four at the back, so it was pivotal that we were solid at the back to start with.
“We kept a clean sheet, and yes, we do want to score loads of goals but this is a base to start from.
“We created chances but lacked the finish in the final phases with either the pass or the shot.
“But obviously I was happy myself to get my first start at St James’ this season.
“To get 90 minutes was good for me. It was something for me to be happy about.”
The hope is that Dwight can be the man to provide some of the clinical finishes for Newcastle in the final 10 games. While he’s not a top Premier League striker, he is capable of getting on a streak.
With Dwight, he’ll only get better as his match sharpness returns. If over the next few weeks he can get back to his best, there could be a few goals to come from the poacher.
However, he can’t be relied on to fully carry the load. It’ll still have to be a team effort, and hopefully, this system will get the best out of Allan Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almiron, and Valentino Lazaro.
Maybe even Joelinton can find some success out wide. Though, at this point, we’d prefer the Brazilian to be used as a substitute over the next few matches.
Having Allan Saint-Maximin on the left and either Ritchie or Lazaro on the right could be the best way forward over the next pivotal month of fixtures.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 0-0 Draw Against Burnley?
- Miguel Almiron (39%, 496 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (16%, 202 )
- Matt Ritchie (12%, 153 )
- Dwight Gayle (9%, 109 )
- Martin Dubravka (7%, 93 )
- Javier Manquillo (6%, 74 )
- Joelinton (5%, 60 )
- Federico Fernandez (2%, 26 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (2%, 21 )
- A. Saint-Maximin (1%, 13 )
- Danny Rose (1%, 12 )
- Isaac Hayden (1%, 11 )
Total Voters: 1,270