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Gayle showing Newcastle United why they should have kept him

Newcastle United should have kept hold of Dwight Gayle for the season rather than offload him to West Bromwich Albion as the striker is already off the mark.

What’s the word?

The Magpies have managed to score just once in their opening two Premier League fixtures.

Joselu was the man to strike in Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on the opening weekend of the season.

Last weekend, Rafael Benitez’s men were held to a goalless draw by Cardiff City, and on the same day, Gayle and his West Brom teammates ran riot against Queens Park Rangers.

In the summer transfer window, Gayle signed for the Baggies on a season-long loan, with Salomon Rondon going the other way.

During the rout over QPR, the Newcastle loanee scored West Brom’s fourth of the afternoon with a close-range shot.

Have Newcastle made the wrong decision?

Initially, it is not hard to see why Benitez made the decision to offload Gayle given that he scored just six goals in 36 Premier League matches last season.

However, the 28-year-old has proven that he is capable of firing in front of goal having hit 23 during Newcastle’s Championship campaign and 75 professional career goals in total.

Rondon made a cameo appearance for the Magpies against Tottenham, but did not feature during the Cardiff clash.

In these early stages, the Venezuelan international does not look like a regular starter, so perhaps the club were too hasty in agreeing to a loan.

Gayle’s goal against QPR will give him a boost moving forward, and it is fair to say that some fans will be wishing that he had got off the mark in a Newcastle shirt rather than a West Brom strip.

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