According to the Daily Star, Leeds United are set to make a move to sign Dwight Gayle on loan. There looks to be no room for the Newcastle United striker at St James’ Park. Therefore, Magpies boss Steve Bruce appears prepared to allow the 28-year-old to leave on a temporary deal.
Leeds could soon be in need of a new striker. Kemar Roofe seems poised to leave Elland Road behind this summer, as reported by the Daily Mail. Roofe was a key figure for the Whites last season. In 32 Championship outings, the 26-year-old scored 14 goals.
However, Gayle would be a fine replacement for Roofe. In fact, he may even represent an upgrade. He too was plying his trade in the second tier last time out. During a loan stint with West Brom, the forward racked up 23 goals and eight assists in the league.
The Elland Road faithful would likely be excited to welcome Gayle to the club. Having just missed out on promotion last season, the Whites are in need of more firepower to secure a return to the top flight this time around. Gayle’s record suggests he is the right man to provide that and he could even make Leeds top title contenders. However, his arrival would leave Patrick Bamford’s future in doubt.
Having signed from Middlesbrough in a deal worth up to £10 million last summer, an early injury derailed his start to life in white. However, even when he returned to full fitness he failed to fully convince. Though he ended the campaign with a respectable haul of nine goals, he was often wasteful, and failed to impact too many big games.
If Gayle were to join Bielsa’s side on loan, he’d soon establish himself as a regular starter. Bamford would be forced to the bench. If Leeds were then to achieve promotion, Bamford would likely be moved on before getting a chance to prove himself in the top flight. Therefore, the 25-year-old No. 9 stands to lose out if Leeds land Gayle.