After scoring two goals on Saturday in their 2-1 win over Stoke, it’s fair to say West Brom fans are loving Dwight Gayle – and many have taken to Twitter to voice their approval after seeing the 27-year old replace Salomon Rondon this summer.
Having seen how well he’s held up the ball and given us an outlet in the last few games, I personally am delighted to have signed the big Venezuelan in Gayle’s place, however it seems Baggies fans are adamant they’ve got the better side of the deal.
Gayle may be scoring goals for fun in the Championship (he has 3 goals and 3 assists in 5 games so far), but Rondon fits our system much better, looks a real handful, a hard worker and has chipped in with a goal and an assist after just two starts.
Nevertheless, here’s what West Brom fans have said – with it seeming as though they’ve got a little carried away by Gayle’s form in the Championship:
— Carl Alexander (@CarlAlexander74) September 1, 2018
‘Can’t believe Newcastle swapped him for Rondon, likeable enough as he is, Gayle is another level’
“I said to my lad how many of the two Gayle goals would Rondon have scored. He responded with, one he wouldn’t have got in that position and secondly would have looked to pass the ball backwards. Kevin Phillips on the other bench must have been wishing he had Mr Gayle at Stoke
‘Gayle is better than Rondon. Rondon would not of scored those goals like that.’
“Rondon would have missed both those goals Gayle scored today”
“Gayle for Rondon was a master stroke’
“I’ve said it all along Gayle is a massive upgrade on Rondon.’
“Hope we sell Rondon and use that money to buy Gayle on a permanent deal. He’s already shown us what we’ve been missing up front.”
Gayle was unreal today. I can't believe Newcastle wanted Rondon over him
— Callum (@Cazza_SC) September 1, 2018
Don’t get me wrong, I think this has been a very good deal for West Brom, but I feel they’re missing one big point here – Gayle is scoring goals in the Championship. This is something he does not do in the Premier League.
Rondon meanwhile is proving to be a real handful in the Premier League, seems to fit our system perfectly, works hard and has a goal and assist to his name after two starts and two sub appearances.
Gayle may score more goals in the Championship than Rondon would have, but there’s no chance Gayle would’ve put in the performance Rondon did when totally isolated against than Man City defence.
Compare the two when they’re both playing Premier League football and I think we’ll find Rondon is the far more capable striker.