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Newcastle in danger of becoming overreliant on Gayle for goals

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on wearing rainbow pin badge during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford at St. James Park on November 25, 2017...

The Newcastle striker has scored twice in his last three appearances.

Dwight Gayle of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on December 2, 2017 in London, England.

It has been a challenging time for Newcastle United of late, with Rafael Benitez's side having now gone six Premier League games without a victory.

However, one positive during that miserable sequence has been the performances of Dwight Gayle, who managed to find the net in the defeats away to Manchester United and Chelsea.

Dwight Gayle of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on December 2, 2017 in London, England.

Those are Gayle's only goals so far this season but earlier in the campaign he was often deployed as a substitute and he appears capable of thriving when given a regular run in the side as he can use his pace to stretch defenders.

The danger is that Newcastle could become overreliant on Gayle for goals, with none of the club's players having found the net on more than two occasions this season.

Dwight Gayle of Newcastle United celebrates with team mates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old...

Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic, while they have their qualities, don't possess the same pace that Gayle does, and it is clear that the latter has now established himself as the first-choice striker for Benitez's team.

Gayle was Newcastle's top scorer in the Championship last season with 23 goals in 32 games as he helped his side to earn promotion to the Premier League, but scoring with such regularity in the Premier League will certainly be difficult and it seems clear that the Magpies need to sign a player who has proven that he can frequently find the net in the top flight.

If he continues to start regularly then Gayle is certainly capable of becoming a frequent source of goals, but the burden needs to be shared and Newcastle must look to bring in another attacker in the January transfer window as they look to get out of their current predicament.

As reported by the Mirror, Benitez is eager to bring in a new striker next month, which would certainly ease the pressure on Gayle, but if such a deal fails to come to fruition then there will only be one main source of goals for the club.

 

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