According to Sky pundit Don Goodman, Dwight Gayle would score goals at the ‘highest level’ if he was given the opportunity – with him claiming that he never got a chance to prove himself in the Premier League at Newcastle.
Considering Gayle played 35 times for us in the top flight last season, many would argue that Gayle had more than enough chances to prove himself in the Premier League – with him ending the 2017/18 season with just SIX goals (despite us finishing strongly in 10th).
Here’s what Don – the former Baggies striker and current Championship pundit – has had to say about Gayle this week:
“I am a big admirer of Dwight Gayle.
“It was a brilliant move getting him in, he’s a guarantee of goals at Championship level.
“I personally believe, given an opportunity at the higher level, he will score goals.
“He never got a consistent chance at Crystal Palace or Newcastle.
“He’s got a bit of pace about him and he can stick the ball in the back of the net.
Don’t get me wrong, Gayle looks some player at Championship level – backed up by 9 goals in 15 appearances so far this season for West Brom – but it’s not like he hasn’t been given a chance in the top flight.
He does a lot of good off the ball, having good movement and work rate, but whenever I watch him for West Brom in the Championship (or think back to how good he was for us in our promotion season), it’s quite clear that the second tier is the league that suits him.
He’s up against several sower, less athletic defenders who he can beat for pace, and he seems to have an arrogance about him in that division – yet last season it felt like he needed three chances before he’d score.
He has scored 45 goals in 75 Championship appearances and 21 goals in 99 Premier League appearances. A number of these Premier League appearances may have been from the bench, but I still feel he had enough chances last season to prove himself at the ‘highest level’.