Why Dwight Gayle to West Brom in January could an incredible move
According to The Sun, West Brom are keen to re-sign Dwight Gayle on loan from Newcastle United when the transfer window reopens in January, with Baggies boss Slaven Bilic willing to add more firepower to his table-topping strike force during the mid-season trading period.
The 29-year-old, who spent the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign on loan at the Hawthorns, bagged as many as 23 goals to propel West Brom to the playoffs, where a defeat against rivals Aston Villa ended their hopes of securing a return back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
West Brom had been willing to bring Gayle back to Midlands during the summer window, and while they failed to complete a permanent deal for the striker due to their financial constraints, the Baggies will be waiting in the wings to get hold of the 29-year-old in January if he is deemed surplus to requirements at St. James’ Park.
Gayle was sidelined with an injury for the first couple of months but he returned to action as a late substitute in Newcastle’s 1-0 defeat against Chelsea in the Premier League last weekend and West Brom are already weighing up the possibility of re-signing the striker in January to boost their promotion hopes.
To that end, though, it remains to be seen whether Newcastle would be open to the prospect of sending Dwight Gayle out on loan in January, with the Magpies struggling for goals in the Premier League and Bruce stating that the 29-year-old will be afforded opportunities now that he is fit. (h/t Sun)
Meanwhile, West Brom have laid down an early marker in the Championship as one of the favourites for automatic promotion, with the Baggies currently sitting atop the standings after accumulating 7 wins and 5 draws from their first 13 games.
Having scored 24 goals thus far, the Baggies share the joint-best scoring record with Preston in the second-tier but Bilic is apparently keen to add that much-needed clinical edge to his forward line with a move for Dwight Gayle in January.
The manager will be pleased with the impact made by some of the summer recruits, with the likes of Grady Diangana and Matheus Pereira already chipping in with some key contributions in terms of goals and assists.
Despite that, however, the lack of goals from the strikers continues to be a major cause of concern for Bilic.
The Baggies spent a fortune in the market to acquire the services of Kenneth Zohore and Charlie Austin from Cardiff City and Southampton respectively following the sale of Jay Rodriguez to Burnley in the summer but neither has been able to make much of a difference.
Austin and Zohore have shared only three goals between them in the Championship thus far and West Brom might be tempted to dip into the market once again in January if things do not improve for the good within the next couple of months.
To that end, bringing Dwight Gayle back to the club in January would be a fantastic piece of business for West Brom and one that makes all the difference in the race for automatic promotion in the Championship.
The 29-year-old might only be a mediocre striker at the Premier League level but a devastating strike rate of 59 goals in 100 appearances in the Championship suggest that there is hardly anyone better than Gayle when it comes to tormenting defences and scoring goals for fun in the second-tier.
Noted for his pace and a deadly eye for goal, Gayle has all that it takes to be a dream signing for any promotion hopeful in the Championship and his arrival would definitely add another dimension to West Brom’s attack.
The Baggies have relied far too heavily on the attacking midfielders and the wingers to deliver the goods week in, week out, and while that has worked in favour of them till now, one does get the feeling that Gayle would do a much better job than the misfiring duo of Austin and Zohore up top.
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Suffice to say, it should be an absolute no-brainer for the Baggies to go all out in their pursuit of the prolific hitman in January, as he could well be the difference between promotion glory and another long and hard slog in the Championship next term.