Dwight Gayle says Benitez told him he could be a winger for Newcastle

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

The striker joined the Magpies from Crystal Palace last week.

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

Speaking to the Chronicle, Dwight Gayle has revealed that Rafa Benitez has told him he could play as a winger for Newcastle next season.

The striker became Benitez’s second signing of the summer transfer window last week as he joined in a move from Crystal Palace.

He has primarily been brought to the club to add to their attacking options, with that area of the team struggling last season.

Dwight Gayle celebrates after scoring the second goal for Crystal PalaceDwight Gayle celebrates after scoring the second goal for Crystal Palace

Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez and Papiss Cisse only managed 18 goals between them in a campaign that eventually saw the Magpies relegated from the Premier League.

But Gayle has revealed that his new manager has told him that he could end up playing on the wing for his new side next season.

“The manager told me I could play in either role as a striker or on the wing,” he told the Chronicle.

“He just wants me to stretch defences and run in behind, and get goals that will push us up the division next season. I prefer the striker role though.”

Crystal Palace’s Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their third goalCrystal Palace’s Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their third goal

It would certainly be surprising to find Gayle playing as a winger for Newcastle United next season.

It has widely been accepted he has been brought in as a striker, with the explicit hope he can get the goals they need to get out of the Championship next season.

His comments suggest Benitez has other plans though and it will be interesting to see how the Magpies opt to line up.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

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