Leeds United should consider Dwight Gayle as Chris Wood replacement

Dwight Gayle of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring the opening goal during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City and Newcastle United at Northern Commercials Stadium on...

Should Leeds United target the Newcastle United marksman if Chris Wood leaves?

The Daily Star reported this week that Leeds United striker Chris Wood is eager to leave the club for Premier League side Burnley.  Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen is adamant that he will not be sold, but £20 million is a lot of money and there is still under two weeks to go in the transfer window.

And if it does materialise, the Yorkshire club should consider the prospect of signing Newcastle United hitman Dwight Gayle to replace him.

There is not many who could replace Wood, who scored 27 Championship goals last season in 41 starts, but the Newcastle man bagged 23 in 26 league starts for the Magpies and could be an ideal replacement for such a prolific striker.

Would the St James's Park club sell him? They just might if they can recoup the £10 million spent on him last summer.

Dwight Gayle of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring the opening goal during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City and Newcastle United at Northern Commercials Stadium on...

As good as Gayle was in the Championship, he only managed 15 Premier League goals in three seasons with Crystal Palace and Rafael Benitez, the keen statistician that he is, will know full well that the 27-year-old isn't the answer for Newcastle in the top flight.

He might've outshone Aleksandar Mitrovic last term, but the Serbian managed 13 goals in his first season in the North East and would provide better competition for new signing Joselu than Gayle would.

And if Gayle is made available for transfer by a newly-promoted club then what other top-flight side is going to take him? Another spell in the Championship wouldn't be a major shock and it might well give Leeds that something extra in the business end of the season.

The Whites, under Garry Monk, arguably missed out on a playoff spot as a result of their lack of experience last term, with Wood scoring once during a rough patch which yielded four points from a possible 18 toward the end of an otherwise strong campaign.

Not that the 25-year-old is to blame for Leeds missing out on the top six, but he has never had the responsibility of firing a team to promotion before and he ran out of steam at the worst possible team.

Gayle, however, dealt with that pressure for most of the season, and such experience could be huge if United are to improve on their seventh-placed finish last time around.

Chris Wood of Leeds United celebrates scoring his second goal with Kalvin Phillips during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Leeds United at St Andrews (stadium) on...

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