Chris Wood has thrived where Dwight Gayle has failed at Newcastle
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Chris Wood has thrived where Dwight Gayle has failed at Newcastle

In 2017, Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle battled Chris Wood for the Championship golden boot.

While Gayle was leading the Magpies to promotion after his £10million move, Wood was doing his best to take Leeds back into the top flight.

In the end, it was only Newcastle who achieved promotion. But Gayle did not achieve the honour of being top scorer.

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The Toon forward netted 23 goals, while Wood topped the pile with an astonishing tally of 27. It was a tally that earned him a Premier League move, costing Burnley £15million.

It meant the Championship’s two top scorers would now be playing Premier League football.

But while Gayle struggled to adapt to the top tier, Wood had no such problems.

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Chris Wood a consistent scorer in the Premier League

Since his move to Burnley, Wood has hit double figures four seasons in a row. His best Premier League tally was 14 in the 2019/20 campaign.

In contrast, Gayle hasn’t hit double figures for Newcastle since that season in the Championship. In total, he’s scored 11 Premier League goals for the Magpies.

Add in his Crystal Palace goals, and he has a grand total of 26 Premier League strikes. In comparison, Wood has scored 50 times in England’s top division – including a single goal for Leicester City back in 2014.

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Gayle has proven to be a star in the Championship, but not good enough at Premier League level. But Wood has thrived in the higher division.

That’s why he’s coming to Newcastle to effectively replace Gayle. The Telegraph reported on Tuesday night that Eddie Howe’s side are close to signing the 30-year-old for a fee between £20million and £25million.

While this might not be a glamorous signing, it is a clear upgrade on what we already have.