West Bromwich Albion have regained control of the Championship throne despite not coming away with a victory this weekend.
The Baggies drew 2-2 at Charlton Athletic while Leeds United were defeated by local rivals Sheffield Wednesday, handing Slaven Bilic’s side a one-point gap at the top of the table.
It could have been more had Albion managed to hold on when leading twice at The Valley.
Now it is believed that the 29-year-old could be available for just £8m this month, according to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, which has got fans talking in the west Midlands.
The fanbase appear to be torn over whether or not a reunion would be the best thing for them right now.
Some believe it could be the difference between promotion and stumbling at the final hurdle once again…
100% for that price. The return you’d get for his goals would be worth it.
With Gayle in this side from the start of the season we’d be clear by some way at the top. No question
— Jasewba (@JasonWba) January 12, 2020
For £8 million, and if he ain’t injured after yesterday, get him. Even if he gets us up and can’t cut it in the prem, we’d get that fee back to a championship club next season. It’s a gamble, but could just be the difference between top 2 and playoffs. 🔵⚪
— Andrew Morris (@AndyMoz18) January 12, 2020
£8m for guaranteed promotion? Seems cheap to me
— silky (@ConnorJSilk) January 12, 2020
One supporter claimed the Baggies would be runaway leaders in the Championship had Gayle been signed in the summer whilst another added that even though it would be a gamble, it could define their season with his potential addition being key to automatic promotion.
Others were more straight forward about seeing the Magpies ace back at the Hawthorns. ‘Snatch their hands off’ and ‘buy buy buy’ only go to show how desperate some are to see him return.
No brainer if true.
— Bobcat19631 (@Bobcat19631) January 12, 2020
Buy buy buy if it’s the truth
— Mr Actually Grey (@BilicsBarmyArmy) January 12, 2020
Snatch their hands off.
— Keiron Hazlehurst (@KeironKeironmh) January 12, 2020
— Danny🏴🇬🇧 (@DannyWBAFC07) January 12, 2020
£8m is a no brainer. Bring back daddy dwight x https://t.co/irEtbWnn6i
— Sam (@ShwlWBA) January 12, 2020
‘No brainer’ and ‘100%’ were two other phrases used by fans to show their excitement and desire for Gayle.
Last season, he netted 24 goals in 40 league appearances but was suspended for their crucial playoff decider against Aston Villa, had he been available, would it have been a different story?
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£8m was also the fee they paid for Kenneth Zohore in the summer, and the former Cardiff frontman has only returned three league goals this campaign.
It has led to many fans claiming Gayle would be a better option with one brandishing it a ‘bargain.’
Definetly for 8 better tha ZOHORE for the same price BARGAIN🙏
— Leo Tube99 (@LeoRedranger8) January 12, 2020
WE PAID 7 FOR ZOHORE BUT WE ARE RELUCTANT TO PAY THIS😩😩😩. Give me strength albion https://t.co/QE85jmvHKf
— Kyran (@gwilt_kyran) January 12, 2020
Guaranteed goals but not only that, gayles work rate off the ball, chasing down defenders and pressing from the front causes problems. Can only be a positive for us. I think it’s what we miss https://t.co/Lj4dkwOpKv
— cohen stokes (@cohenstokes) January 12, 2020
A further member of the Baggies faithful pointed out that he is exactly what the club have been missing this season, despite them currently sitting top of the table.
However, not all of the reaction was favourable with many pointing out his current plight at Newcastle – his injuries and inability to start have been pointed out the most…
Hes been out injured most of season, hamstring injury yesterday, Bruce seemd adamant to keep him and never proved in prem league. No thanks
— Scott (@FuzzybuttTaz) January 12, 2020
Too old, too injured. Sorry .
— Old’n’fat (@hoare_neil) January 12, 2020
Hes injured-will take time to get fit and it may go again-no
— PORTZD (@PORTZD2) January 12, 2020
‘Too old’ and ‘too injured’ were noted whilst another added that he hasn’t proven himself in the top-flight, which is ultimately West Brom’s end goal this season.
The 29-year-old has managed just 178 minutes this term, starting just two matches per Transfermarkt.
While others just couldn’t foresee any deal happening…
From 15 million to 8 million and he’s started playing. Can’t see that
— allnewswba (@allnewswba) January 12, 2020
8m is still lot of money to pay for player who has spent so much time on bech this season and he went of injury yesterday against wolves so i can’t see mean team’s coming for Gayle right know even West Bromwich Albion ⚽🇬🇧
— Michael Farmer (@baggieboyfarmer) January 12, 2020
In the meantime, manager Slaven Bilic will have to continue to trust the services of Hal Robson-Kanu, and summer signing duo Charlie Austin and the aforementioned Zohore. They have netted 17 goals between them this campaign.
The Baggies’ interest in Gayle has been there for a very long time, but you’d imagine this window is the last that such a deal could occur.
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