Dwight Gayle admits he would love responsibility of being Newcastle's new number nine

Crystal Palace's Dwight Gayle is dejected after losing the final

The £10 million signing from Crystal Palace is keen to follow in the footsteps of such former Magpies heroes as Alan Shearer.

Crystal Palace's Dwight Gayle is dejected after losing the final

New Newcastle United signing Dwight Gayle is unlikely to shy away from responsibility at the club judging by his latest comments, as he admitted to the Chronicle that he would relish the pressure of wearing the club's iconic number nine shirt.

Gayle was signed by the Magpies for £10 million from Crystal Palace last week and is likely to play a big role for the club in the Championship this season as they look to win promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

The 25-year-old netted just three times in 16 league appearances for Palace last term as he struggled with injuries but still finished as the Eagles top goalscorer in all competitions with seven strikes.

That record, along with his general contribution to the Palace cause, was enough to convince Newcastle to spend relatively big money on the forward, and with his price tag will come pressure.

Dwight Gayle celebrates after scoring the second goal for Crystal Palace

However, Gayle has insisted that he does not fear the burden of wearing the black and white, and suggested that he would love the opportunity to wear the club's famous number nine in attack.

When asked by the Chronicle, Gayle replied: "I would love to wear the number nine. It’s obviously got great history and there have been some great strikers here. I would enjoy taking it.

"There’s been some great English strikers, Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham when I was growing up. It would be nice to follow their footsteps.

Dwight Gayle celebrates with Joel Ward (C) and Damien Delaney (L) after scoring the second goal for Crystal Palace

"I remember when I was walking upstairs to sign and looking at some of things in the stadium and then going outside was a dream come true. When it is fully packed and I am out there playing I am going to be a bit shocked! But this is a great club and I am looking forward to it."

The list of goalscoring heroes to wear the number at St. James' Park makes for illustrious reading, with Premier League stars such as Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Andy Cole being preceded by such legends as Malcolm MacDonald, Jackie Milburn, and Hughie Gallacher.

Last season the nine shirt was worn by Papiss Cisse, as it has been since the Senegal star's arrival in January 2012, but with the 31-year-old linked with a move away after scoring just three goals in 21 appearances, Gayle will be desperate to become its latest owner. 

Crystal Palace’s Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their third goal

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