Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle will return to training this week following a calf injury which has kept him out of action so far this season, according to the Telegraph.
The report claims that Newcastle are facing something of an attacking shortage with fears over Andy Carroll’s ability to start a match this calendar year, despite the fact he made his first appearance of the season against Brighton on Saturday evening.
Gayle spent last season out on loan at West Bromwich Albion and is yet to figure for the Magpies this season, which has apparently increased the chances of the club signing an attacking player in the forthcoming January window.
TBR’s View – Gayle can be Newcastle’s secret weapon in relegation battle
The excitement generated by Newcastle signing Joelinton and Carroll this summer was understandable given the club’s failure to tie down Salomon Rondon and the general lack of attacking threats at the club.
But Gayle has been unfairly tarnished as a player who can’t cut it in the Premier League. He won’t set the world alight but he can score goals when given a run in the side.
Obviously, the question marks come in terms of his ability to lead the line alone and create his own chances in a side who are struggling right now.
But he can be a secret weapon if he gets himself fit; more adjusted to Premier League football than Joelinton and more reliable and speedy than Carroll.