Newcastle may no longer need a new centre forward as their star man from last season has suddenly rediscovered his golden touch.
The former Crystal Palace man picked up a knock in January from which he never really seemed to recover.
Gayle scored key goals against Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic and Barnsley in the run-in, but the turn of pace, off-the-ball running and devastating finishing of the first half of the season was gone.
And it remained that way at the start of this campaign, with Gayle finding himself behind both Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic at one stage.
But the forward's best form has gradually returned, following up a decent display against Bournemouth - with a goal wrongly chalked off - with a belated first Premier League goal for Newcastle at Manchester United.
Gayle has now added strikes in back-to-back games against Chelsea and Leicester City - turning in an outstanding performance against the latter.
And all of a sudden - for all of Newcastle's problems - Rafa Benitez can call on a seemingly prolific front man.
It had been assumed the Magpies would have to spend big money on a striker in January, with £20million the figure usually referred to when discussing proven goalscorers.
But Newcastle might now be wiser forming a supply line for Gayle, who looks cut out for this level. Benitez will be relieved.
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