Dwight Gayle has confirmed he’d be happy to extend his stay at West Brom following a successful loan spell.
The striker took his tally up to 21 for the season after scoring a hat-trick in the Baggies’ emphatic 4-1 win over Preston over the weekend, so his comments will be music to the ears of West Brom fans.
That said, he does admit that he’s going to ‘see what happens’ this summer, suggesting he will keep his options open – and who could blame him if they failed to earn promotion and a Premier League side came calling.
Firstly, here’s what he had to say when asked if he could see himself staying at the Hawthorns beyond this season:
“Yes, of course.
“I’ve really enjoyed the season and the fans have taken to me and showed great support.”
Gayle then commented on his situation at Newcastle, suggesting that he will assess his situation over the summer before making any decision:
“In the summer, I’m going to see what happens.
“But I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here.”
In an ideal world, ourselves and West Brom would come to an agreement over a part-exchange deal involving both Gayle and Rondon.
Gayle has been prolific and is popular already with their fans, while we all know how vital Rondon has become in Benitez’s system.
I wouldn’t mind seeing us keep Gayle as a back-up option, but I can’t see him settling for a place on the bench, meaning it may be best for all parties if we cashed in and used that money to improve our first-team.