Kieron Dyer suggests Newcastle United must find upgrade on Dwight Gayle

Kieron Dyer of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Cup Round of 16 first leg match between Newcastle United and AZ Alkmaar at St James' Park on March...

Newcastle United's three strikers have scored seven Premier League goals between them.

Dwight Gayle of Newcastle scores the third Newcastle goal  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest at St James' Park on December 30, 2016 in...

Kieron Dyer has told The Chronicle that his former club Newcastle United need an upgrade on Dwight Gayle during the January transfer window.

The 28-year-old hitman played a huge role in helping the Magpies win promotion to the Premier League last season by netting over 20 Championship goals.

But the Newcastle man has struggled on his return to the top flight, netting only three goals in 15 league appearances this season - and all three have come in his last six games

Dwight Gayle of Newcastle in action  during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Gayle, who joined from Crystal Palace for £10 million 18 months ago, has only managed 18 Premier League goals in 79 games for United and the Eagles.

And with Rafael Benitez's side languishing in 18th spot, club legend Dyer feels that the Spaniard needs to sign a proven goalscorer.

“I think they need a goalscorer - someone who is proven in the Premier League or in a top league to score 20 goals a season,” he told The Chronicle.

“Dwight Gayle has probably been the shining light and he scored goals in the Championship but when he’s been in the Premier League before he hasn’t really set the world alight.

Dwight Gayle of Newcastle (l) scores the second Newcastle goal  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest at St James' Park on December 30, 2016...

"The centre forward is the one area.”

It's perhaps indicative of Newcastle's less-than-impressive striking options that Gayle has even played as many as 15 games.

His only competition is Joselu, who has bagged three in 16 outings following his £5 million summer move from Stoke City, while Aleksandar Mitrovic has one goal in less than 90 minutes of Premier League football all season after falling out of favour under Benitez.

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