Why Aston Villa should make a move for Dwight Gayle in January
Aston Villa were among the biggest Premier League spenders in the summer, with their transfer spending similar to that of Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City.
More than a dozen players arrived at Villa Park over the summer as Dean Smith reinforced his squad following promotion to the top-flight.
Aston Villa spent big on the likes of Tyrone Mings, Wesley Moraes and Douglas Luis to build a strong spine, although the former, who arrived from Belgian outfit Club Brugge for £22m, was the only new striker brought in.
With last season’s top scorer Tammy Abraham having returned to Chelsea following his loan spell, Smith decided to replace him with Wesley Moraes.
The burly Brazilian, who has netted only once in five Premier League games, has largely cut a frustrated figure as a lone striker up front. The 22-year-old certainly needs more service and support to thrive in the opposition box.
Truly, Smith’s side are really light as far as the striking options are concerned. Wesley is one of three senior options upfront for Villa, along with Jonathan Kodjia who is currently injured and 21-year-old Keinan Davis.
The Villa boss needs to make it a priority to sign a new centre-forward in January if his side are to avoid relegation at the first time of asking.
That being said, Villa should make a move for Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle.
The Birmingham Mail had claimed in July that Smith was interested in signing Dwight Gayle, who enjoyed a fantastic 2018-19 season at West Brom, scoring 24 goals in the Championship. However, a deal didn’t materialise as The Magpies boss Steve Bruce was keen to keep hold of him.
Gayle, 28, is yet to feature for Newcastle this campaign after picking up a calf injury in pre-season. But he is now in the final stages of his rehabilitation from the problem and expects to be available for selection early in October.
The 28-year-old’s return would be especially welcome news for Bruce as Newcastle have so far struggled for goals this term, having scored just four goals in their opening five Premier League games. But Gayle is likely to be second-choice to Joelinton, who is the club’s record signing.
With that in mind, the Villans could test Newcastle’s resolve by launching a cheeky bid for the diminutive striker in January.
Gayle’s record of 21 goals in 99 top-flight appearances doesn’t read well, but perhaps he deserves another chance to prove himself in the Premier League. He boasts tremendous pace and agility with his tendency to play on the shoulder of the last defender making him extremely dangerous.
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The former West Brom man is a poacher and his addition would open up a whole new dimension to what Wesley offers to Villa’s attack. Interestingly, Gayle can also play as a secondary striker, behind Wesley and add a bit more potency to Smith’s attack.
All in all, Gayle could be a good back-up striker for Villa and thus, Smith should reignite his interest in the Newcastle man.