Steve Bruce Willing To Give Dwight Gayle A Role Once Fit

Miles Starforth with the Shields Gazette has published some comments by Steve Bruce about striker Dwight Gayle future with the club.

It seems that Bruce will give Gayle a chance this season when he gets over his current calf injury. This is what the head coach has said about Dwight Gayle and his striker options for this season.

“I see a role for him. The disappointing thing is the injury – he hasn’t kicked a ball yet. There’ll always be interest from the Championship.

“I think I’ve tried to sign him three times. But, since I came in, I’ve told him ‘Dwight, get yourself fit, and you can be part of this going forward’.

“You’re only as good as up top, and we’ve got some serious options up there now. Dwight could be a big part of that. I just hope he gets fit and proves that.”

It’s going to be hard for Gayle to get many opportunities this season so when he gets one he must make the most of it. If Bruce continues to use the 3-5-2 formation with the two strikers up front, it means players who can normally play out wide like Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin will be left fighting for one of those two positions.

You throw a fit Andy Carroll into the mix along with Yoshinori Muto who looked much improved in pre-season, and we just don’t see any room for Dwight unless there are some injuries.

We would consider Joelinton to be the first choice striker right now with most likely Almiron in that second striker role. Saint-Maximin and Muto will be pushing for one of those two spots.

Right now with Carroll and Gayle still not fit to play a part, these four players could make it very hard for either Carroll or Gayle to get a look in. If they can produce, then it will make it very hard for Gayle to find a place in the matchday squad let alone the first eleven.

Dwight had opportunities to go out on loan on deadline day but seems to want to try and push for a place at Newcastle. He could have gone to West Brom or Stoke City as deals had been lined up but he opted out of both of them.

This is what West Brom manager Slaven Bilic had to say about almost getting Dwight Gayle back to the Hawthorns.

“We tried, I’m not going to lie. Of course he made such a big impact. We needed a few strikers – that has nothing to do with Charlie Austin.

“We tried with Dwight, but it just didn’t happen. It was really difficult and that’s it basically.

“He was interested, of course. He enjoyed it here, but it was very difficult and just didn’t happen.”

Mark Douglas reported that both West Brom and Stoke City had deals set up for Gayle which broke down due to his wage demands.

Gayle will have to get fit first and then hope he gets a chance on the pitch. If he gets that chance, he will have to make the most of it because he may not get many more.

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