Newcastle United vindicated in snubbing £18.5 million Andre Gray

Watford striker Andre Gray (r) celebrates with Andre Carrillo after scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Watford at Liberty Stadium on...

Newcastle United must be happy they did not stump up the big money to sign the then-Burnley ace.

Watford striker Andre Gray (r) celebrates with Andre Carrillo after scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Watford at Liberty Stadium on...

If their Twitter reaction was anything to go by, Newcastle United fans were delighted that Rafael Benitez did not spend £18.5 million on Andre Gray.

The former Burnley hitman was linked with a move to St James's Park this past summer but Watford wound up paying the extortionate fee (figures provided by BBC Sport) and winning the race for his signature.

Two months on and Newcastle supporters might well be even more delighted based on the fact that Gray hasn't exactly set the Premier League alight this season.

Andre Gray of Burnley celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Burnley at Selhurst Park on April 29, 2017 in London, England.

The 26-year-old has managed just the one goal in eight appearances for the Hornets this season - seven of those were in the Premier League, and five from the start.

There is nothing to stop Gray from embarking on a Harry Kane-type run of form from this weekend onward, but he only managed nine league goals for the Clarets last season so Newcastle fans need not worry about that prospect.

Joselu of Newcastle reacts after missing a chance during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September 16, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

But fans of the St James's Park club can't be overly celebratory when it comes to Gray's woes......because they wound up with Joselu.

The Spanish striker cost the Magpies £13.5 million less than the Englishman and although he has twice as many goals as Gray, he hasn't looked the part as of yet.

The Newcastle forward has two Premier League goals but it could and would be about five or six if the former Stoke City man could finish.

Nevertheless, he, like Gray, certainly has time on his side to prove his critics wrong, but failure to do so means it wouldn't be a huge loss based on the fact he wasn't bought for huge money.

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