Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle is likely to see out his contract on Tyneside, according to Mike McGrath, of The Telegraph. The 30-year-old had reportedly been a target for several Premier League and Championship clubs.
Dwight Gayle Set for Newcastle United Stay
A Season of Ups And Downs for Gayle
Dwight Gayle had a forgettable start to the 2019/20 season. The striker missed the first eight matches with calf issues. On his return, the 30-year-old struggled in front of goal. In fact, Gayle failed to find the net in any of the matches he played before the lockdown.
Post lockdown, Gayle was a different player altogether. The 30-year old scored four goals in eight matches and finished as Newcastle’s second-highest goalscorer in the league.
Eyeing Contract Extension
Gayle joined Newcastle United in 2016 and was a key figure in helping The Magpies get back into the Premier League. Since the transition, the 30-year old has failed to replicate his Championship goalscoring form in the top-flight.
The striker has managed just ten goals in 55 Premier League appearances for Newcastle. But, he showed his goalscoring prowess while on loan at West Brom in 2018/19, scoring 23 goals for The Baggies.
He is now into his fifth year at St. James’ Park. With less than a year remaining in his contract, the striker will be hoping to continue his goalscoring touch into the new season and earn a contract extension.
One of the major problems for Newcastle last season had been their misfiring strikers. The trio of Andy Carroll, Yoshinori Muto, Joelinton, and Dwight Gayle have scored a combined total of just eight goals across all competitions in 2019/20. With Gayle looking to stay at St. James’ Park this season, they will have to sell one of their strikers to make room for a new one.