Newcastle United aren’t set for the busiest of January transfer windows, with Mike Ashley reportedly only keen to sanction loan arrivals, but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be exits from St James’ Park this winter.
One man who could end up leaving the Magpies in the coming weeks is Dwight Gayle.
The 31-year-old’s contract is up this summer, and January represents the Tyneside outfit’s last chance to cash in on the striker, which would be quite a good idea, considering that they’re six months away from losing an asset worth millions of pounds for absolutely nothing.
Gayle is a quality striker at a certain level, and one team that knows that all too well is West Bromwich Albion.
Indeed, Gayle netted 24 goals for West Brom during the 2018/19 season, so it’s no surprise to hear that the striker is still on the Baggies’ transfer radar, but while Newcastle may want to shift the 30-year-old in January, they shouldn’t even consider selling him to West Brom.
Newcastle may be eight points clear of West Brom right now in the league, but make no mistake about it, the Baggies are direct rivals for the Magpies this season in the battle against relegation, as the xG table shows.
The xG table shows that Newcastle have been riding their luck at times this season, and if they revert to form, they may soon find themselves in and around the bottom three, and with that that potentially ending up being the case, they mustn’t strengthen a direct rival.
West Brom have struggled to finish their chances so far this term, scoring just eight league goals this term, and if Newcastle selling them Gayle allows them to propel themselves above the Magpies in the table, Steve Bruce’s side may never forgive themselves.
United would be much better off selling Gayle to a club in the Championship or higher-up the Premier League table, but of course, that is dependent on having suitors at that level.
Selling Gayle in January wouldn’t be the worst decision the club have ever made, but selling him to West Brom could really come back to bite them.