Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle was unhappy as he trudged off the field at Chelsea, according to the Chronicle, after not receiving a pass, or even touching the ball, during his seven minute cameo appearance.
He may not have been able to get involved in the game after coming on, but he should be happy just to be on the pitch at all.
Let’s be honest, the former Crystal Palace striker’s Newcastle career was only heading in one direction when Rafa Benitez was here, and that was out through the exit door.
After being farmed out on loan last season, his Newcastle career effectively over, and it was a surprise to many that he stayed on Tyneside this season.
Of all the players who have spoken in praise of manager Steve Bruce, often to derision from some Toon fans, the one player who could genuinely speak in glowing terms of him, would be Gayle.
Bruce has handed him a Tyneside lifeline, and having spent all season sidelined through injury, before his comeback on Saturday, no matter how brief, he should be grateful to the new head coach.
Doubts remain over Gayle but Newcastle need everyone available
I still have big doubts over Gayle’s ability to score goals in the Premier League, but in Newcastle’s current position, they need anyone and everyone who can contribute in front of goal.
In that second-half on Saturday, Newcastle rarely got forward at all, so the fact that Gayle could not get a touch was not really any surprise.
So instead of complaining about it, he should just be thankful to be back wearing a black and white shirt, and move on to the next game, where he may get more of an opportunity.