According to the Chronicle, a further injury to Dwight Gayle could prompt Newcastle United into the January transfer window as they continue to monitor Boulaye Dia’s situation at Stade Reims.
Though Callum Wilson has looked like a snip even at £20m following his excellent start to the season in which he’s scored seven goals in just nine games, the central striking options behind the England international look bleak as things stand. Indeed, neither Andy Carroll or Joelinton have proven anything like prolific since joining in the summer of 2019.
While Gayle probably has somewhat of an unfair reputation as someone not able to cut it in the Premier League, he did help the Toon’s cause last season. With four goals and two assists, his total goal contributions were bettered only by Jonjo Shelvey and Allan Saint-Maximin in 2019/20, so has certainly proven capable of pulling his weight.
Having missed the entire campaign so far as a result of a knee injury picked up during pre-season, having him back could really afford Wilson some rest at times, as well as offer him a foil.
Dia, meanwhile, would be an improvement on the former Crystal Palace ace based off last season’s statistics. According to WhoScored, he averaged much more in the way of shots (2.5 to 1.2) and dribbles (0.1 to 1.3) per game, though perhaps it would be difficult to convince him to move mid-season if he’s only likely to play as a back-up to Wilson.
With more pressing areas (such as central midfield) needing addressing, it’d surely be more sensible to keep Gayle as the back-up until the end of the season before looking for another striker.
Should Newcastle sign Boulaye Dia?
Stick with Dwight Gayle
Sign Boulaye Dia
The January window is regarded as a difficult time in which to get value for money so perhaps it’s a case of getting through with what we’ve got on the striker front being more prudent, allowing the club to focus on other areas. Should Gayle return soon, that is.
In other news, Newcastle have had to draft a fresh face following the latest big scare at the training ground. See who it is here!