Noel Whelan praises West Bromwich Albion striker Dwight Gayle

A General View of The Hawthorns, Home to West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns on May 5, 2018 in West...

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United will face West Bromwich Albion in the Championship this evening.

Scott Malone of Derby County challenges Dwight Gayle of West Bromwich Albion during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Derby County at The Hawthorns on October...

Noel Whelan has spoken highly of Newcastle United-owned West Bromwich Albion striker Dwight Gayle on BBC Radio Leeds ahead of Saturday evening’s Championship game against Leeds United.

Gayle, who joined West Brom on loan from Premier League club Newcastle in the summer transfer window, is fit to feature for Darren Moore’s side against Leeds.

 

Former Leeds striker Whelan has spoken highly of the 29-year-old striker - who earns £40,000 per week as salary, according to Spotrac.com.

Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds:Dwight Gayle, proven. He is a 20+ goalscorer a season. He is so valuable to have in their squad because goals will win you games.”

Big player

Gayle is proven at the Championship level and is a key figure in West Brom’s quest to win automatic promotion to the Premier League.

The former Crystal Palace striker has scored eight goals and provided one assist in 12 Championship starts for the Baggies so far this season, according to WhoScored.

Dwight Gayle of West Bromwich Albion reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Derby County at The Hawthorns on October 24, 2018 in West Bromwich,...

Gordon Strachan praise

Meanwhile, Gordon Strachan has spoken highly of Leeds United on paddypower.com.

The former Leeds midfielder is impressed with how head coach Marcelo Bielsa’s side are doing in the Championship at the moment.

Strachan wrote about Leeds on Paddypower.com: “You beauty! Leeds United were great against Wigan. There energy is fantastic, the players are enjoying themselves.

“It’s amazing when, there’s not a big change in the squad, it’s just when players realising that running and closing down is a huge part of the game, they completely enjoy it.

“You get a kick from it, you think ‘wow, this is wonderful’. Add skill and ability, and you’ve got a great side.”

Head coach Gordon Strachan of Scotland in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Slovenia and Scotland at stadium Stozice on October 08, 2017 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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