Date: 29th November 2019 at 5:00pm
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Many Newcastle United fans have been reacting on social media after Steve Bruce discussed what his plans are for Dwight Gayle at his pre-Manchester City press conference on Friday, via quotes by the Chronicle’s Ciaran Kelly.

Gayle has been our most rarely-seen player this season, having been awarded just 24 minutes of action in the Premier League spread across three substitute appearances.

The 29-year-old earned a majority of his game time in Monday night’s 2-0 loss at Aston Villa having come on in the 72nd-minute as Bruce benched Joelinton, after the £40million summer signing from TSG Hoffenheim failed to direct any of his three shots on target.

Before that, Gayle’s longest outing of the term came in a five-minute cameo in our 1-0 defeat away to Chelsea in October, while playing just a sole minute in the 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the end of last month.

The £40,000-per-week striker had missed much of the start of the campaign through a calf injury sustained during the club’s pre-season tour of China in July, and returned to training at the start of October following a warm-weather camp in Portugal.

Bruce is in no rush to offer Gayle a greater role, though, and told reporters on Friday morning: “When he gets his chance, which he will do, you hope he takes it.

“I’ve been very pleased with the contribution the front three have made to [the] team.”

Should Gayle feature vs Man City on Saturday?

Start him over Joelinton

Start him over Joelinton

Yes, but from the bench

Yes, but from the bench

No, he isn't good enough

No, he isn't good enough

Joelinton, Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin have played a combined 2,701 minutes in the Premier League so far this season, but have registered just one goal and one assist between them – both coming through Joelinton.

Here are some of the reactions shared to Bruce discussing Gayle’s role…

 
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