During Callum Wilson’s absence, Joelinton was the only Newcastle striker to score a goal.

The Magpies have been poor offensively since Wilson limped off against Southampton in February, but he returned to action off the bench in Sunday’s win over Burnley.

Wilson will hopefully be fit to start on Saturday against West Ham, alongside Allan Saint-Maximin.

If he is, it will surely signal the end of Dwight Gayle’s spell in the starting XI.

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The striker has started Newcastle’s last four games, but has been unable to find the net.

In his defence, two of those games were spent playing in an unfamiliar split striker role that saw him stuck on the left wing rather than directly through the middle.

Gayle was more central against Tottenham and Burnley, but was still unable to get himself a goal.

Big chances go begging for Gayle

He had great opportunities in both games, but failed to capitalise.

Gayle had a header against Tottenham that was wonderfully saved by Hugo Lloris, but the forward couldn’t tap in the rebound.

And against Burnley, Gayle’s near-post flick was kept out by Bailey Peacock-Farrell in the build-up to Sean Longstaff’s first-half penalty claim.

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In the past two games, we’ve seen the good and the bad of Dwight Gayle.

 

His wonderful movement got him in positions to score. But he just couldn’t apply the finishing touch.

Gayle is a player who needs a few chances to score, which is why he is so successful in the Championship. But in the Premier League, those chances can be few and far between.

But despite these big misses, Gayle still deserves a new deal.

Sign Gayle up

The Athletic reported last month that he was set to sign a new three-year contract on reduced terms at St James’ Park. However, the deal is yet to be confirmed by the club.

Gayle has had a great chance in recent weeks to prove why he is deserving of a new deal. Sadly, he was unable to take them.

However, he is still worth keeping at the club. Gayle can still be a valuable player.

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He can be a top striker in the second tier, and would be snapped up immediately if he became a free agent.

Handing him a new contract protects his value, and gives Newcastle the chance to sell him on in the future.

On top of that, finding a replacement of similar ability would cost more than it is likely costing to keep Gayle.

While this chance has passed him by, Gayle remains a decent backup option, and deserves the new contract reportedly coming his way.

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