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Bruce Responds To Questions Over Magpie’s Future



Earlier this year, there was some news that Newcastle were hesitant to offer Dwight Gayle a new contract despite Steve Bruce’s hope to keep him beyond this season. The 31-year-old’s current deal runs out this summer but he’s been injured for much of the past two seasons.

Gayle has started just 11 games during Bruce’s tenure. He made his first start of this campaign in the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Monday. Though he has made over 30 appearances the past two years, he’s been mainly an impact sub who hasn’t had much of an impact lately.

Gayle has scored just 11 Premier League goals for Newcastle since the promotion season in 2017. He was a regular under Rafa Benitez in our first season back but managed just 6 goals. His best run in a Newcastle shirt in the top flight came at the end of last season when he scored 4 goals in 8 starts down the stretch.

He was all set to become the focal point this season before suffering a serious knee injury in the first preseason game. Newcastle upgraded to Callum Wilson, which meant opportunities were always going to be sparse for Gayle when he returned.


That had been the case with Gayle making only cameos since coming back from his knee injury. It was a promising start with a goal against West Brom in his season debut. However, he’s yet to hit the target again.

However, Gayle now has a massive opportunity with Callum Wilson to miss at least the next five matches. His first start at Chelsea wasn’t exactly eye-catching, but it was a tough fixture for Dwight to get his first start in.

During his press conference yesterday, Steve Bruce was asked about Dwight Gayle’s performance and whether it warranted another start against Manchester United on Sunday. This is was the head coach’s response:

“It was always going to be difficult for Dwight. We’re aware that it was his first start of the season.

“Dwight, at the start of the season, had a knee operation. That’s been, unfortunately, too many of our players.

“So we knew it was going to be a difficult ask for Dwight. But he stuck at it. He got 65 minutes under his belt and we always know he can score a goal.

“He’s got some minutes under his belt which only can help.”

It appears Bruce has not abandoned the idea of giving Gayle a run during Wilson’s absence. So we’ll see if he gives him another opportunity tomorrow at Old Trafford.

Gayle’s future is even more in doubt with his contract running out this summer. Newcastle have decisions to make on a handful of Magpies with Fede Fernandez, Fabian Schar, Andy Carroll, and Jacob Murphy joining Gayle in the final months of their contracts.

The club may have options to extend Fernandez and Schar, who have played well when fit while getting plenty of match time this season. The same cannot be said for the trio of Gayle, Carroll, and Murphy, who haven’t gotten long runs in the team.

Bruce was asked about Gayle’s contract running out and he responded with the following as published in The Chronicle:

“There are a number of players with contracts up.

“And Dwight is one of them.

“There will be conversations to be had over the next few weeks. I am sure.

“We are in the middle of Covid, and in the middle of trying to secure our Premier League status.

“So discussions will be ongoing I am sure.”

In at least the case of Gayle, he’s going to have to get goals over the next few weeks to justify any talks of an extension. With his injury history, while being over 30 and not putting in consistent performances, the cards are stacked against him being here after this season.

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151 comments so far

  • Carson80

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #81

    No worries Jail, just the way your posts come across. Apart from when you’re taking the P out of how the Bruce talks and FPL you don’t appear to be happy about much. Apologies if I have offended you though.

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  • lesh

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #82

    Mund

    Without wishing to reignite the Rafa debate, wasn’t it the club that said he wanted more than £6m or whatever to stay?

    Surely Rafa’s line was that he wanted to club to commit to infrastructure developments such as training facilities, scouting, the Academy as well as control over which players come in and go out.

    It goes without saying that the club would have the overall financial say in signing off comings and goings, he didn’t go along with the idea that he should be presented with fait accompli, players being foisted on him or sold without his agreement.

    Let’s not open that topic though.

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  • magicmac54

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #83

    Mund

    I must confess i i thought the post by Jane was really funny, but i can`t see even you exchanging your 1st lady for the saudi`s mate he he he he

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  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #84

    I’d go with West Brom to win this one and Palace to win on Monday

    That leaves 2 teams close to us, so if we can get a win ourselves and get above one or both of those, then they get the pressure of looking over their shoulder.

    All of this is asking for goals from the teams that haven’t been able to find them.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #85

    I must have been looking at a table that had already gifted West Brom a point, for things “as they stand” in the West Brom game right now.

    A West Brom win would take them within 9 points, with 13 games to go. (Think I have it right that time, phew)

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #86

    So…

    Darlow has made less mistakes than Dubs did last season…

    He’s put in point saving performances and saves…

    He’s been talked of as a potential England keeper…

    But some fans reckon Dubs is ‘far better’ and ‘shouts more’ and should come straight back in?

    If Dubs was one of the best keepers in Europe as some claim how come not one top club has ever been linked with him?

    Dubs is good, but is he better than Darlow?

    I’m not sure.

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  • captainmarvel

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #87

    Is the Man U. Game the end of the road for the cabbage?

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  • lesh

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #88

    Hibbit

    Offer Jane to the Saudis and they’d laugh at you.

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  • captainmarvel

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #89

    Its the opposition’s goal we have a problem with not our own..

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #90

    Carson80,
    Given your post #81 you don’t appear to be sorry at all, so don’t patronise me. You didn’t offend me. This is a blog about Nufc and there’s not much to be happy about regarding the club at the moment, as I say, I won’t get carried away by false dawns and those that don’t either don’t deserve to be called Victor Meldrews just as those who are getting carried away don’t deserve to be called derogatory names.

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  • lesh

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #91

    AncientC

    But if Brighton lose and we twank ManU 4-0, we’ll go above Burnley.

    We can but dream

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  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #92

    All this talk of Victor Meldrew on here.

    I don’t bloody believe it

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  • hibbit

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #93

    Captain really hope so mate, but i think it would take a massive hammering from them for him to be sacked,and i don’t think he’ll jump, 😡

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  • lesh

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #94

    captainmarvel

    ManU won’t be the end of the road for Bruce, Charnley and Barnes swallow his line that the difference between sides makes any decision unfair, we wouldn’t be expected to beat them.

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  • Carson80

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #95

    OK Jail peace out.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #96

    Maybe the following 2 games – Wolves and then West Brom

    If we were to play those games and get zero points, then he would have to be at risk of the axe.

    By then though it will probably be too late. Look what happened with Shearer and with Rafa when they had too few games to turn around the form.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #97

    Red card for West Brom. No point watching that game any further. That’s a good start to the games this weekend.

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  • captainmarvel

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #98

    When does fairness come into it with Ashley? Is his patience limitless?

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  • lesh

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #99

    AncientC

    Expect Mike Dean to be given leave to miss his next match?

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  • lesh

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #100

    AncientC

    Ashley’s left Charnley and Barnes to run the club and the fact that Bruce’s still with us suggests it’s they who are daft enough to believe in Bruce.

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  • jane

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #101

    “GOAL: Huddersfield 1-0 Swansea
    Fraizer Campbell (22 mins)

    Pipa gets on the end of Aaron Rowe’s cross, who finds Fraizer Campbell in the area, and his scuffed shot goes in off the post.”

    scuffed shot off the post is only way past Woodman.

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  • captainmarvel

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #102

    Exactly tackle, whether it’s a team at the top or the bottom it will count for nowt with Mikey, he has been bitten before.. I do not think he will ignore it now particularly with what’s at stake…

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  • captainmarvel

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #103

    I could be wrong of course but I hope it’s the right call..

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  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #104

    Capt Marvel

    I think Man U will be a free hit for Bruce – from the start of the season Man U would have been put down as a lose.

    Ashley will be away for that game and possibly back for the next two – those games will be do or die for Bruce.

    Unless the Rafa dream comes true, then Bruce could be sacked at half time tomorrow.

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  • TheTinman

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #105

    AncientC, i still dont agree. Don’t think West Brom were ever getting out of it so would have preferred them to win.

    But nevermind. It’s not a big deal. It means we can cheer West Brom on every time they play someone in the bottom half

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  • captainmarvel

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #106

    The first sentence I would agree with if we were in a better position in the league but we are not anywhere near safe..

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #107

    Take a look at photos of Mike Dean sending the WBA player off.
    Then look at previous photos of him waving the red card

    His stance and approach is almost identical every time.

    He looks away from the player and looks straight ahead.
    He avoids eye contact.
    He waves the card sideways at the offending player.

    It’s almost if he’s not sure about the decision but is avoiding the possibility that he has deliberately decided that he’s right and only he is right.

    It’s disconcerting and slightly suspicious .

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #108

    I would be more than happy to see Fulham lose their next 2 games and us just get 1 x point off Wolves.

    After that we have to hammer WBA and they might struggle, so the gap will become virtually impossible to bridge.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 20, 2021 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #109

    I watched the red card incident on SSN and it’s absolutely the right decision, deliberate hand ball from the “last defender” preventing a goal scoring opportunity- for once Mike Dean got it right.

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  • TheTinman

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #110

    Yes he is a queer bloke lochinvar. It was a Stone wall red this time though

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  • hibbit

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #111

    mike dean has this one right “deliberate hand ball” right decision

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  • Not another deJong

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #112

    “”Fogel’s film documents how parliament in Saudi Arabia is really Twitter. Eight out of 10 Saudis use the platform (as opposed to 20% of Americans). In order to control that narrative, the ruling royal family has flooded it with propagandists pushing the government line, and armies of trolls who seek out negative coverage and overwhelm it.””

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/feb/20/me-jamal-khashoggi-mohammed-bin-salman-omar-abdulaziz-the-dissident-netflix

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #113

    West Brom player definitely had to walk for that. I could tell as soon as it happened. Easy call. Would the Burnley lad have scored? We’ll never know but he was denied the opportunity to do so.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #114

    Don’t know if anyone else has mentioned this but why doesn’t Bruce give Murphy a try as a striker. He’s not getting much in the way of game time right now as either a winger or wingback.
    He’s younger and fitter than the “crock squad” we have as alternatives to Wilson, he knows how to score and with his pace and control could give a few defences some trouble and like Wilson could bring Almiron and ASM more into the game.

    What do you think?

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #115

    Huddersfield put 3 past Woodman.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #116

    We shouldn’t have talked him up earlier. 🙁

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #117

    4

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #118

    tfb, yeah the blogs done a “commentators curse” job on the poor lad. 😉

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  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #119

    Best we stop now Bob

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #120

    Good idea.

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