In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Rob Lee, who is a Newcastle United Hall of Famer, claims that giving Dwight Gayle a new three-year contract makes no sense given his performances and the club’s current situation.
Gayle has been handed just three Premier League starts this season, with his latest coming against Tottenham Hotspur which the Magpies drew 2-2, however their former number nine missed two very good chances.
Before the Spurs game, Gayle’s last start came in the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa in which the £40,000 per week striker was deployed as a left-winger, while Ryan Fraser was preferred to play through the middle.
Speaking on the decision to hand Gayle a new deal, which was presumably signed off by the likes of Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley, could mean for the young players coming through and how he doesn’t deserve it, Lee told FFC:
“I’d say it’s confusing from a player’s point of view because you’d look at it and think over the last 18 months he hasn’t played much, and when he has the goals haven’t been there and he’s rewarded with a three-year contract.
“If I was a player coming through I’d be questioning what has he done to earn that contract? I don’t know why they are signing him now because we’re in a relegation battle, and I don’t get why you would be signing players up unless they are planning to play in the Championship next season?”
The last time they were in the Championship, Gayle propelled the Magpies to the Championship title as he finished as the club’s top scorer with 23 goals.
With eight games left Newcastle are just three points and one place above the relegation zone with a tough run of fixtures around the corner.