Not for the first time this season, Dwight Gayle has been heavily criticised by some Newcastle fans for a lacklustre performance in the Magpies’ 2-1 victory against Arsenal at St James’ Park on Sunday.
Alexandre Lacazette put the Gunners ahead in the 14th minute when he steered home
Dwight Gayle couldn’t trap a bag of cement, woeful…
— Liam (@arpeco19) April 15, 2018
Can’t dribble. Can’t pass. Can’t shoot. Why does Dwight Gayle play? #NUFC
— John Gorman (@DrogsNavan) April 15, 2018
Gayle is hopeless today like, 2 players to pass to and he tries the skills #NUFC
— Ryan (@ryanbeard2012) April 15, 2018
Dwight Gayle is not premier league quality, shocking!
— Jason Price (@JasonPrice86) April 15, 2018
Dwight Gayle is donkey…just my opinion though. #nufc
— Graeme Brash (@Brashmeister81) April 15, 2018
Dwight Gayle has looked more and more like a middle aged Whitney Houston as the seasons gone on.
— paul (@rensma71) April 15, 2018
The former Palace striker was instrumental in helping Newcastle make an immediate return to the Premier League last season, scoring 23 goals in just 32 Championship appearances. He has struggled emulate the same goalscoring form this season, however, with just five goals in 32 appearances across all competitions.
Rafa Benitez’s January pursuit of a striker was well documented and the Spanish tactician could well look to find a replacement for Gayle in the summer transfer window.