For the second Premier League game in a row, Dwight Gayle started up front for Newcastle.

But yet again, he was unable to score his first goal of the season.

It was Allan Saint-Maximin who netted the winner for the Magpies, on another day where Newcastle’s attack opened itself up to criticism.

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Gayle got the nod over Joelinton up top, but didn’t provide the crucial moment to justify his selection.

We saw the best and the worst of the 29-year-old at St Mary’s.

Let’s start with the good – at least Gayle came close to scoring.

 

The striker got loads of chances in the first half, but was unable to convert. His movement was excellent, with Jonjo Shelvey finding him in space time and time again.

That’s what you get with Gayle. He’s always on the move, trying to get in behind. And when Shelvey is on the pitch too, the midfielder is looking to find him.

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But Gayle’s Premier League limitations were exposed against the Saints. For all his chances, he couldn’t score.

Gayle isn’t clinical enough in the top flight. In the Championship, he’s a goal machine. But he doesn’t have that killer instinct in front of goal to truly succeed in the Premier League.

That was on full display on Saturday, and those missed chances very nearly cost us three valuable points.

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Bruce now has a big decision to make – does he continue with Gayle, a player who has a history of missing big chances? Or does he switch back to Joelinton, a player who is yet to display the goalscorers instinct needed?

Or option C – go back in time and sign the striker we obviously needed in January.

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