After confirmation from The Chronicle that we are now pursuing a potential ‘swap deal’ deal involving Dwight Gayle and Salomon Rondon, we came across an interesting poll online asking fans which striker they’d prefer to see at Newcastle United.
The poll (via fan page @BlackWhiteBarmy) received 762 votes, with a whopping 72% of fans voting for Rondon – and just 28% for current the current NUFC number 9 Gayle.
Sounds to me like our biggest hope of signing Rondon is now via a swap-deal which would see Gayle go to West Brom..
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— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) July 27, 2018
An interesting result.
Gayle hardly performed in front of goal last season, scoring just 6 in 38 appearances, but most fan’s reaction to Rondon’s potential arrival has been an underwhelming one at best – with him having scored just 7 in 36 games himself last term (albeit in a relegated West Brom side managed by Pulis and Pardew!)
Personally, my vote would go to Rondon. He may not be prolific, but he suits Rafa’s system better than Gayle – being ideal to play in that lone striker role in a counter attacking team – and he’ll give any centre-back a game in terms of the physical presence he offers.
Here’s some comments from NUFC fans in response to the poll:
“Gayle done a great job for us in the championship last season, but thats what he is. A very good championship player.
“Not much between them I don’t think, just feel it’d be good to freshen things up. Seems like Gayles time is up last season seem a real struggle
“Rondon, only because imo Gayle is more of a Championship Striker. Think he will struggle for us again in the premier league. But, not a big fan of Rondon either.”
“I back neither to get over 10 goals in the PL, but Rondon’s far more of a handful.”
“Easily Rondon. Neither score a great deal but Rondon offers much more in terms of his all round game.”
Who would get your vote folks?