As well as signing new stars, Newcastle need to get rid of players during this transfer window – and one man who could leave is Dwight Gayle.
Bringing in a forward was reportedly a priority for Newcastle heading into the game against Watford, with Callum Wilson out injured.
It’s further proof that Gayle is no longer held in high regard at St James’ Park. Wood’s arrival pushes him further down the pecking order.
The former Crystal Palace man hasn’t started a Premier League game all season. In fact, his last Newcastle start in the league came against Burnley in April.
His last start in all competitions was in the League Cup defeat to the Clarets at the start of the current campaign.
Since then, Gayle has either sat on the bench or missed out completely due to injury. He’s played just seven minutes under Eddie Howe, used as a late substitute in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
So could the 2016 Rafa Benitez signing leave the club this month?
Dwight Gayle could reportedly leave during this month’s transfer window
The Magpies have already signed Wood, while Wilson is set to be out of action for the next two months. The Athletic’s claim suggests that Newcastle will look to add another striker before allowing Gayle to leave.
That matches up with what is being reported elsewhere, with claims that Howe wants a second and younger striker to join the club in the coming weeks.
Regardless, Newcastle should be looking to move Gayle on this month. It’s clear he has no role to play in the first-team.
Steve Bruce used him less and less as time went on, and nothing has changed under Howe.
He’s been a solid player for us over the years – mainly in the Championship where his 23 goals delivered promotion and the title. But the transition to the Premier League hasn’t been straightforward, and Gayle’s influence has waned over time.