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Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez's comments make his decision to offload Dwight Gayle look even worse

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez looks on before the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James Park on September 29, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United...

Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle was allowed to move out on loan to West Bromwich Albion over the summer.

Rafael Benitez the head coach

Rafael Benitez’s comments to the Shields Gazette, after Newcastle United’s match against Manchester United at the weekend, just make his decision to offload Dwight Gayle in the summer look even stranger.

Newcastle lined up with Yoshinori Muto and Ayoze Perez up-front at Old Trafford, and the pair caused plenty of problems.

Newcastle had a 2-0 lead against United, but ended up losing the contest.


Benitez claimed after that the pairing of Muto and Perez was encouraging, as he felt Newcastle needed more pace and mobility.

He said: “I think it was important for us to have some mobility and pace in attack, and his understanding with Ayoze (Perez) was quite good.”

Yoshinori Muto of Newcastle United(13) during the Premier League Match between Crystal Palace and  Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on September 22, 2018, in London, England.

But the comments just lead to questions over why Gayle was offloaded to West Bromwich Albion.

Granted, Gayle has struggled in front of goal at Premier League level before, but he could have offered Newcastle all the pace and mobility they needed up-front.

Gayle had also struck up a good understanding with Perez during their years together at St. James’ Park.

And Benitez’s desire to find the exact qualities Gayle could have offered Newcastle this term, makes his decision to let him go all the more bizarre.

Swansea City's Dutch midfielder Leroy Fer (R) reacts following a tackle from Newcastle United's English forward Dwight Gayle (L) during the English Premier League football match between...

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