Date: 6th January 2021 at 7:00pm
Written by:

Liam Kennedy has been speaking on the latest edition of NUFC Matters with Steve Wraith about all things relating to Newcastle United.

1 of 7

Easy one to get us underway, in what month during 2019 was Steve Bruce appointed Newcastle manager?

One of the main topics that the Shields Gazette reporter spent a lot of time on was transfer rumours at the club.

During this discussion, one player that he spoke about was Dwight Gayle, who has been linked with a move to Fulham.

The 30-year-old has barely featured this season due to an injury suffered in August, but even since he returned, Gayle has only featured for 60 minutes in the league.

This seems strange considering Steve Bruce spoke about handing Gayle a new deal, but instead, he has barely played, which led Kennedy to speculate on his future.

He said: “I do think it’s quite unusual, the noises Steve Bruce was making maybe a month ago, where he talked about ‘I will do everything I possibly can to get Dwight Gayle a new contract.’

“Interesting words – since then, he’s barely played him.

“Even when games are dead, even when we are chasing a goal, he hasn’t thrown Dwight Gayle into the mix; he just hasn’t bothered with him at all over the Christmas period, which does make you think, if he hasn’t been carrying injuries here and there, that he might well let him go because he isn’t really using him and he isn’t part of his plans.”

Do you think Gayle should be given a new deal?

Yes, we need to protect his value

Yes, we need to protect his value

No, we should let him go

No, we should let him go

TIF Thoughts on Gayle’s future…

The former Crystal Palace forward’s deal expires on Tyneside in June this year, and despite talk from Bruce that he would try and get him a new deal, nothing has happened.

The 30-year-old, who is valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt, was the Toon’s joint-second top league goalscorer last season, so he has proven in the past that he can be useful.

Still, for now, he has to make do with a bit-part role and in the games against Liverpool and Leicester City, he didn’t even make it off the bench.

So, we will watch Gayle’s situation closely over this transfer window, but we feel as if the Toon shouldn’t sell him as he has popped up with the odd goal for the club in the Premier League in the past.