Dwight Gayle has admitted that he wants to score 20 goals this season.
Dwight Gayle scores the second goal for Newcastle United against Brentford
Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle has told The Mirror that he has set himself a target of 20 goals this season – and has hailed team-mate Jonjo Shelvey.
The Magpies made it three league wins in a row on Saturday, beating Brentford 3-1 at St. James' Park, and sit just one point behind league leaders Norwich City.
Tonight, Newcastle travel to take on Barnsley away from home, and manager Rafael Benitez will be looking for a fourth Championship win in a row.
Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle scores their third goal against Brentford
Benitez will be calling upon striker Dwight Gayle for goals once again, given that the summer signing's two goals against Brentford taking him to nine goals in just ten league games this season.
The 26-year-old, snapped up from Crystal Palace, has become Newcastle's latest hero in front of goal, and he's now been discussing his target for the campaign.
Dwight Gayle celebrates with Jonjo Shelvey
Speaking to The Mirror, Gayle has stated that he wants to score 20 goals this season, but acknowledged that his personal tally isn't the main thing, and promotion back to the Premier League is Newcastle's ultimate aim.
Gayle also discussed the performances of midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who has racked up four assists in his last three games as he becomes Newcastle's chief supplier.
Gayle stated that Shelvey, a January signing from Swansea, will help him reach his 20-goal target, but admitted that he was getting into the midfielder's head before games earlier this season, telling him to grab an assist having failed to do so early into the campaign.
Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United (L) and Alex Tettey of Norwich City in action
“Twenty is where you start as a striker and I just want to be winning games for the team,” said Gayle. “The main thing for me is not even goals, I just want to get promoted and get back up to the Premier League with the club. But yes, 20 is a good marker personally. We need to score goals to get promoted and I’m happy to help out but we’ve got other great players in there as well.”
“Jonjo will help me. He has been fantastic every week. He’s always looking for me and he’s got a fantastic range of passes. At the beginning of the season he hadn’t got me an assist and I was constantly getting into his head before the game to say, ‘Get me an assist — help me out.’ The last few weeks he’s been fantastic and he’s picked me out a number of times,” he added.
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