Newcastle United haven’t enjoyed a great summer so far. Rafa Benitez has departed as the club’s manager, whilst Ayoze Perez has transferred to Leicester City.
More players could leave the club, whilst the unfancied Steve Bruce is set to be appointed as the club’s manager, according to BBC Sport.
One man who definitely won’t be back at St James’ Park is last season’s Player of the Year, Salomon Rondon.
According to Sky Sports, the Venezuelan is set to link-up with Benitez again at Chinese outfit Dalian Yifang.
That could be good news for Dwight Gayle.
The 28-year-old was on loan at West Bromwich Albion last season, scoring 24 goals and registering eight assists.
Gayle will get his chance to shine when Newcastle kick-off their Asia Cup campaign against Wolves tomorrow.
In 71 games for the Magpies, the London-born striker has netted 29 goals. He clearly knows where the net is and the club has nothing to lose by handing him a chance to perform in pre-season.
Mike Ashley is typically reluctant to spend a great deal of money and Gayle might just save the club money this summer.
The proof will be in the player. A sizeable ball has been placed firmly in the striker’s court and goals could resurrect his Newcastle career.
According to Spotrac, Gayle earns £40k-a-week, which could make offloading him problematic – particularly for Championship clubs.
Confidence will be sky high for Gayle following his exploits last season and the club’s current situation could actually work in his favour.