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What of Newcastle United’s forgotten man?

Posted on June 8th, 2019 | 4 Comments |

Dwight Gayle
Gayle: An excellent season at West Brom.
We had almost forgotten about him thanks to his swap with West Brom target man, Salomon Rondon, but he’s back. Much to the chagrin of West Bromwich Albion fans (if the Internet is to be believed), The Throstles decided they couldn’t afford Premier League wages in the Championship and have sent back Dwight Gayle back to St James’ Park. It certainly wasn’t due to poor performances, he had an excellent season, scoring 24 goals. Some even say that the reason West Brom didn’t get to the play-off finals was because Gayle missed out on the second leg of the semi final against local rivals, Aston Villa, who only won on penalties in the end. He scored in the first leg, but also picked up two yellow cards, leaving West Brom bereft of their top hitman when it came to the crunch.

Of course, he had a similar season in the Championship with the Toon, scoring 23 in our push for promotion with a remarkable scoring rate of a goal every 93 minutes in the league. In the tougher environment of the Premier League it didn’t go quite as it should have though. Niggling injuries brought on a wavering confidence and there was also a vague feeling that things were never quite right between him and Benitez made for a mediocre season which only saw him score only six goals, but is there still a chance for Gayle to shine again on Tyneside? Whoever is playing up front for Newcastle United next season, if you wanted to have a bet on how many they might score, new clients can get a great sign up bonus at if you were interested.

Let’s have a look at Gayle’s West Brom season in a little more detail.

As mentioned above he scored 24 goals last season, scoring at a rate of a goal every 123 minutes of play according to Transfermarkt. He also made 8 assists. Breaking this down further, although primarily a centre forward, he showed his versatility by also making 8 appearences (scoring 4 goals) on the left wing and 4 appearences (4 goals) on the right wing. Although he missed the last leg of the play-off semi final for picking up two yellow cards in the first leg, apart from this, his disciplinary record was exemplary, with no other cards whatsoever.

Comparing him with his on loan replacement, Salomon Rondon, Gayle is what could be described more as a quick, ‘off the shoulder’ kind of striker, whereas Rondon is more of a big, strong lump who is good at holding up the ball. To sink further into football cliche, Rondon is more of a target man, which is what Rafa Benitez was looking for when he brought him in.

It would be completely unfair to compare Gayle’s figures in the Championship to Rondon’s in the Premier League but Rondon has never really been a big scorer in England, though he did have some good seasons in Spain and Russia. As I mentioned above, his role has been to hold up the ball and bring other attacking players into the mix. Last season in the Premier League though, he did score 12 goals in 33 appearences, scoring at a rate of a goal every 218 minutes. He also made a total of 7 assists. So, overall, it was also very good season for the Venezuelan in a United team which although fairly solid in the midfield and defence, was crying out for more goals. He has also proved to be quite popular with fans too.

Here’s hoping that whoever is playing upfront next season they get a hatful of goals, and that the team as a whole manage to get more than 1.1 goals per game (42 goals in 38 Premier League games. For much of the season it was less than a goal per game, but ten goals in their last four games, including four against Fulham in the final fixture of the season helped to take it over the one goal mark.

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4 Responses

  1. Worky Good to see you’ve picked up your ‘quill’ again and writing articles. Could be a very good time to do it, a voice of reason. As we are awash with made up garbage not based on any sort of fact what so ever coming from all directions. The one’s who do have the facts are not about to reveal them to us mere mortals till absolutely necessary.
    The outcome will either be another Ashley disaster ending yet another false dawn, with a rudderless team heading into the new season.
    Or he will at long last ‘leave the building’ and drag his sorry ass whence he came. Leaving us with a new owner who quite frankly could not be any worse than him.
    So it could be Street Party’s or Riots in the Streets.
    You pay’s your money you take your chance, place your bets now!

  2. Voice of reason? I think you’re flattering me a bit there, Nutmag!

    As Doris Day once said, whatever will be, will be. There’s no point i reading all those numpties on the Chronic and elsewhere, you’d have to be as daft as a brush to get sucked into all their nonsense. On the subject of nonsense, we haven’t heard from Chuck in a while.

  3. Its all Ground Hog Day to me. The club is for sale and Andy Carroll to Liverpool. Fast forward to. The club is for sale and Sean Longstaff to Man United and all the years in between are much the same I will only return when the Fat Controller is gone.
    Yes I hope Chuck is well, I miss his input (I don’t know why?). Perhaps its that we frequented SJP at the same time in those ‘halcyon days’ of the early Fifties.

  4. Aye Nutmag, Chuck’s gone missing again, I hope he’s ok. I don’t know why I miss him either! ;-)

    I daresay if the Sheikhs take over and we end up like Manchester City, 99.9% of the fans will be overcome with excitement, and that awkward things such as human rights abuses will be brushed under the carpet. I don’t want Newcastle United to be like Ashley’s Newcastle United, but I’m not sure that my conscience wants it to be like Manchester City either.

    Howay Chuck! where are you?

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