Dwight Gayle’s future has been far from certain after his loan deal with West Brom came to an end but one thing that did look certain was that he wouldn’t be returning to Albion.
Express & Star claimed in May that due to financial reasons they wouldn’t be able to bring him back. However, The Daily Mail claimed last weekend that the Baggies were still keen on a deal if Salomon Rondon heads back to Newcastle.
Yet, journalist Matt Wilson has since quashed talks of him returning, suggesting nothing has changed since last month.
RE Gayle. Unfortunately, I don’t believe anything has changed. Albion can’t afford permanent deal because of wages (Prem level for next 3 years) and another loan unlikely because others that can afford it are offering permanent deals.
— Matt Wilson (@mattwilson_star) June 16, 2019
Reacting to the news, West Brom fans were incredibly upset at the development as one called the club useless. Another supporter claimed that this was the reality of the situation facing Albion.
A further fan said that not bringing Gayle back would haunt them whilst another tweet hoped he’d take a wage drop in order to return.
The forward was in brilliant form for the Baggies last term, ending the campaign as their top scorer on 24 goals.
But despite his impressive season, it looks as though West Brom will now have to look elsewhere for a striker.
Here’s the best of the reaction.
This is the stark reality unfortunately – thanks for clarifying all the details Matt. Our only hope is a further loan as part of a deal that takes Rondon back to Newcastle I reckon. No way is Gayle taking a pay drop when he’s nearly 30, more likely he’s seeking a rise elsewhere!
— Dan Nash (@DanNash86) June 16, 2019
— Mark Colley (@MarkColley62) June 16, 2019
This is going to come back and haunt us so badly.
— Ryan.?? (@RyanJakeFarmer) June 16, 2019
— michael (@michael31772444) June 16, 2019
But goals are goals, we aren’t gonma get that from anyone else l
— Theo (@theopoly40) June 16, 2019
No chance he’ll take a pay drop? ??♂️ I’m sure Slav would have to become our manager/head coach. He said himself he’d happily stay so he clearly knows being a championship club he’d need to take a drop in money #wba
— Jamie Rossiter (@Jay89R) June 16, 2019
Cheers for ruining my weekend
— Ben Southall (@BenSouthall1) June 16, 2019
— Joe (@Yacxb) June 16, 2019