Former Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock suggested on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Tuesday morning (broadcast from 6am, July 5) that Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez could find it tough to find a system for Dwight Gayle.
Newcastle have signed Gayle from Premier League outfit Crystal Palace on a five-year contract, as announced on the Championship club’s official website.
Warnock worked with Gayle when he was the Palace manager, and he has revealed why the striker could not play much under him.
The former Leeds and Rotherham United manager has suggested that Newcastle boss Benitez could find the same problem with the 25-year-old at St. James’ Park.
Warnock has also claimed that the departure of Andros Townsend is a blow for Newcastle. The 24-year-old England international winger has left the Magpies for Palace.
“They signed Dwight Gayle from Palace,” said Warnock on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Tuesday morning (broadcast from 6am, July 5). “When I was there, he was glad I left really because I didn’t give him much of a go. I couldn’t find a system for him.
“(Palace manager) Alan Pardew has done the same really. He has not been a regular because he can’t find a system. It will be interesting to see how they play, having spent that much money, £10m, apparently. They have got to play him, haven’t they?
“It will not be straightforward for Newcastle. To lose Townsend, I think, it’s a massive blow to them. I know they are going to replace him with the lad from Bournemouth (Matt Ritchie), but I still think it’s a blow.”
Newcastle got relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2015-16 campaign and will feature in the Championship next season.