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Newcastle's number nine Dwight Gayle is not worrying about the 'heaviest shirt in English football'

Newcastle's Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their third goal

Newcastle have been in fantastic form of late with their team finally hitting top form in the Championship.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conferenceNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

After a poor start to their campaign in which they lost their opening two games, Newcastle have turned on the style, winning nine games and losing just once more, a run that has seen them climb to the top of the table.

Dwight Gayle, the Championship's in form striker, has been a huge driving force for Newcastle and he spoke to the Chronicle Live about the expectation of wearing the number nine shirt.

Gayle was once again tearing a Championship defence apart on Saturday as he scored a brace in his team's 3-1 win over Brentford before he scored two more against Barnsley on Tuesday evening. He has now taken his personal tally for the season to 11, making him the league's top scorer.

Newcastle's Dwight Gayle scores their fourth goalNewcastle's Dwight Gayle scores their fourth goal

He has been ably assisted by the creativity of those around him with Jonjo Shelvey in particular proving a superb source of inspiration and creative genius this season.

While he has had his goals made for him with superbly weighted passes or the touches of others, he still had to finish them, which he has done with aplomb. He has displayed his clinical finishing and incredible ability to remain calm under pressure in front of goal throughout the season to superb effect.

With his goals helping Newcastle in their battle to gain promotion, it was inevitable that the comparisons would be drawn between Gayle and the most famous number nine in English football.

Newcastle's Alan Shearer celebrates scoring form the penalty spot during the final minutes of his testimonialNewcastle's Alan Shearer celebrates scoring form the penalty spot during the final minutes of his testimonial

Gayle, speaking to the Chronicle Live said of the shirt that is synonymous with Alan Shearer: "You know the previous history it’s had and how big a number it is. To play in front of the fans every week is unbelievable. Everyone’s behind me and the team’s helping out fantastically in terms of assists and the quality in the team is fantastic. I’m relishing playing with the other boys in the team".

Speaking about his personal goal target: "Twenty is where you start and I just want to be winning games for the club. 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".

"We might not have done it at the start of the season but we’ve picked up and we’re on our way now. Hopefully we can maintain that".

Gayle is obviously not a man to get bogged down in comparisons, as he quickly moved away from the subject of Alan Shearer. He will just be concerned with making sure Newcastle are beginning next season in the Premier League, after all, comparisons are odious. 

Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring the third goal for Newcastle UnitedDwight Gayle celebrates scoring the third goal for Newcastle United


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