Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle was anonymous against Chelsea.
Newcastle United lost 1-0 at Chelsea on Saturday afternoon – and it won’t exactly live long in the memory for striker Dwight Gayle.
The Magpies were resilient for 73 minutes, frustrating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge until Marcos Alonso smashed home the winning goal for the hosts.
Steve Bruce will have been gutted to miss out on a point so late, and attempts to find an equaliser in the final stages were ultimately in vain.
Bruce decided to throw on striker Dwight Gayle on 84 minutes, but it didn’t exactly work as the striker failed to make any sort of impression on the game.
Not only that, but in around 10 minutes on the pitch, Gayle didn’t even manage to touch the ball, meaning he was very much anonymous after coming on for Allan Saint-Maximin.
It sounds like Gayle wasn’t particularly happy, as The Chronicle claim that he showed his frustration to teammate Ciaran Clark after the final whistle.
That was Gayle’s first appearance of the season having endured an injury hell in the opening weeks of the campaign, and it’s actually hard to be too critical of him for yesterday’s showing.
Gayle is a goal poacher who needs service, and that simply didn’t come his way against Chelsea. Bruce needs to find a way to get the best out of Gayle if he intends to use him as a super-sub, as yesterday clearly left him frustrated – and that can’t continue for the Magpies.