Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez comments on Dwight Gayle

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez during the Newcastle United Training Session  at The Newcastle United Training Centre on November 28, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Dwight Gayle joined West Bromwich Albion on loan from Newcastle United in the summer transfer window.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez gestures during the Premier League match between Burnley and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on November 26, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has suggested to The Chronicle that he is keeping an eye on Dwight Gayle at West Bromwich Albion.

Gayle joined Championship club West Brom on loan from Premier League side Newcastle in the summer transfer window, with Salomon Rondon moving the other way.

The 29-year-old striker has been playing well for the Baggies so far this season and is scoring goals for fun in the Championship.

 

The former Crystal Palace striker has scored nine goals and provided one assist in 12 Championship starts for Darren Moore’s side so far this campaign, according to WhoScored.

Newcastle manager Benitez has suggested that he is keeping an eye on Gayle.

Benitez told The Chronicle about Gayle: “I have said before he was a great player for us in the Championship.

“He did well in the Premier League too but had injuries. He is a player that did good things.

“We know all about his movement and runs behind the defenders. That was really important for us. We're keeping an eye on him.”

Dwight Gayle of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 4-0 during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United at The Hawthorns on...

Newcastle United return?

Gayle joined Newcastle from Palace in the summer of 2016 for a transfer fee reported by The Guardian to be worth £10 million.

The striker is under contract at the Magpies until the summer of 2021, according to Transfermarkt.com, and Benitez’s comments suggest that the 29-year-old may have a future at St. James' Park.

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez during the Newcastle United Training Session  at The Newcastle United Training Centre on November 28, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

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