There are reportedly multiple Championship teams interested in the striker, including West Brom, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United. All three sides are competing for promotion, and Gayle is a player who could give them an edge in the race to reach the Premier League.
But before Newcastle consider selling him to a club in the second tier, Steve Bruce must give him a chance in the starting XI.
Gayle came off the bench against Manchester City on Saturday, and clearly unsettled the champions’ defence with his pace. He certainly looked a lot more energetic than Joelinton, whose confidence seems to get lower with each passing game.
The Brazilian is yet to hit the heights after his £40 million move to St James’ Park, scoring just once so far. However, he’s started every Premier League game.
Injuries and match fitness have forced Bruce to stick with the number nine, but the time has come to turn to Gayle. With the busy winter period on the horizon, Bruce needs to freshen up his attack and take Joelinton out of the firing line.
And in turn, it gives Gayle a chance to prove he can still do a job in the Premier League. It’s a no lose situation.
He could score a few goals and prove he’s the man Newcastle need. He could score a few goals and justify his reported £15 million price tag. Or he could struggle, meaning Newcastle have no qualms about letting him join a side in the second tier. They’ll still likely pay the money for him, as he’s a proven goalscorer at that level.
Whether it’s on Thursday against Sheffield United or Sunday against Southampton, Dwight Gayle should get a chance from the start.