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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

  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #121


    is it safe to come out yet?

  • Novocastrian66

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #122

    WBA by far the better side and with 10 men.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #123

    Do we think it’s a good idea to start Joelinton just because of how poor Gayle was the other night or because he does seem a viable option.

  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #124

    WBA outplaying Burnley, but can’t hit a barn door, looks like a sneaky 1-0 in last 10mins! 😉
    I’d settle for 0-0.

  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #125

    These two could play extra time and penalties and still not score.

  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #126

    It’s so tedious my telly has fell asleep

  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #127

    Given his performances so far Jail, I’d prefer the corner flag to Joelinton!
    I take it you don’t fancy giving Murphy a try?

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #128


    Good shout on Murphy.

    I suggested this a few weeks ago even before Wilson was injured.

  • Great White Hunter

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #129

    Cleverlybob, , I am in favour of playing Murphy as a false no 9, the other three we,ve tried did not fill me with hope, Murphys got quick feet so you never know, give it a go.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 20, 2021 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #131

    Not really, wouldn’t he have been used as a striker in friendlies or cups if he had that in him. Although he has got a one in four ratio at some clubs he’s been to. It would be great if he did though and came good. But like playing Matt Ritchie at LWB, we got by with it but had a proper LWB like Willems have been in his place would results have been any better. I suppose the elite blokes that make the grade can play anywhere on the pitch, it’s whether it’s detrimental to the team that makes the difference.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 20, 2021 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #132

    Ray Kennedy had never played midfield before Bob Paisley tried him there.

    The rest is history.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 20, 2021 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #133

    Given he’s sober and we’ll dressed in that photo would suggest he’s there in the interests of Direct Rots rather than Newcastle United.

  • Reilly

    Feb 20, 2021 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #134


  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 20, 2021 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #135

    Ashley looks like he’s already puked in the fireplace.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 20, 2021 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #136

    Steve Bruce is no Bob Paisley though and probably gave Ray Kennedy more advice than ” put your boots on, roll your sleeves up, pass the ball to your mates and have a good game kid”

  • Tyran21

    Feb 20, 2021 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #137

    In the team,I’m afraid only Joelinton have the capability to link ASM and Miggy in a front 3 attack at the moment. He was decent when pair with Wilson earlier, till Bruce decided to spin the roulette.

  • toon22

    Feb 20, 2021 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #138

    2 good results so far
    Just need Fulham to get nowt tonight

  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 20, 2021 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #139

    That West Brom result should motivate Sheff Utd.

    If they beat Fulham they get off the bottom…tiny steps.

  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 20, 2021 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #140

    Flying start for Everton – 1 up

  • hibbit

    Feb 20, 2021 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #141

    a Sheff Utd win tonight would be massive for us,

  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 20, 2021 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #142

    Not as massive as a win on Sunday mate.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 20, 2021 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #143

    Tonight’s match between Fulham and Sheff Utd is the biggest game of the season for us so far, discounting the Brentford Cup game.

  • hibbit

    Feb 20, 2021 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #144

    Tackle that would be the cream on the cake but can you honestly see it ????
    i’d be over the moon with a point and i think even thats being a bit optimistic under Bruce

  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 20, 2021 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #145


    Can’t see us getting anything – but the hope will still be there.

    At least until their 5th goes in.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 20, 2021 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #146

    Luke Shaw who was rested during the week will be coming up against Krafth, now I’d prefer Jacob Murphy there.

  • DaveD1000

    Feb 20, 2021 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #147

    Good shout Jail. Murph looked the part when we first got him bombing up the wing then freezing in front of box so wouldn;t fancy him as striker

  • toon22

    Feb 20, 2021 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #148

    You’d have to hope he plays Longstaff
    He likes playing against Manu

    Can’t see it though as it makes sense

  • TheTinman

    Feb 20, 2021 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #149

    I think we will get walloped unfortunately.

    Come on the Blades

  • TheTinman

    Feb 20, 2021 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #150

    I think Sheffield are going to do it. Come on. First and hopefully last time I have supported a team in red and white stripes!

  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 20, 2021 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #151

    The wheels on the


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