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Dwight Gayle

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 6:31 am
by 1964white
West Bromwich Albion have opted not to sign Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle following his season on loan with the Championship play-off semi-finalists.

"Dwight's contract is a Premier League contract," Albion technical director Luke Dowling told BBC WM.

"We will pay Premier League contracts but only when we are back in the Premier League.

"I know it won't be the news Albion fans want to hear, but they need to trust us and know we are doing everything right for this football club."

In the wake of recent events at other English Football League clubs, notably at Birmingham City and relegated Bolton Wanderers, Albion are determined to stay within realistic budgets.

"We don't want to keep players on big contracts and then have to lay off normal staff and make people redundant," added Dowling.

"We have good people behind the scenes. We want to do that and still have a really competitive wage bill on the pitch, which we will have next year."

Former Peterborough United and Crystal Palace striker Gayle, 28, ended up with 24 goals for Albion - a season's best total - just outscoring strike partner Jay Rodriguez, who got 22.

Only three Championship strikers scored more goals - Norwich's Teemu Pukki (29), Aston Villa loan man Tammy Abraham (26) and Brentford's Neal Maupay (25).

But Gayle's season was soured when, after putting Albion ahead in the play-off semi-final first leg at Villa Park, he rashly got sent off and missed the second leg at The Hawthorns.

Ex-England international Gareth Barry and Scotland midfielder James Morrison are among five players not offered new deals by managerless West Bromwich Albion after missing out on promotion.

However, they have been told they could stay if the incoming head coach wants them and they have not found new clubs.

Goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, defender Tyrone Mears and midfielder Wes Hoolahan are the others not on the retained list.

Re: Dwight Gayle

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 8:05 am
by SG90
No chance. WBA couldn't even afford to keep him with their parachute payments. This is the problem with wages in the PL, even reserve players are on ridiculous wages and the players won't budge.

Re: Dwight Gayle

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 8:26 am
by Irish Ian
Gayle is on 40k I read.

What is better value? A proven striker or an untried young loanee? Ala Brown and Harrison.

Saying that any strikers who simulate fouls get up my nose.

Re: Dwight Gayle

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 9:25 am
by 1964white
As SG has implied Gayle's salary is beyond any championship club could afford unless Newcastle are prepared to pay 66% of his wages if they send him out on loan again

Re: Dwight Gayle

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 9:28 am
by SG90
1964white wrote: Mon May 20, 2019 9:25 am As SG has implied Gayle's salary is beyond any championship club could afford unless Newcastle are prepared to pay 66% of his wages if they send him out on loan again
The only way I could see it is with a swap for Roofe. But even then, Roofe is on £8k a week, so it would massively drive up the wage bill. Not a chance of it happening. Maybe off to Tesco on loan?

Re: Dwight Gayle

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 11:45 am
by Ratscoot
Hope he doesn’t join us, as I’d find it difficult to cheer for him, only time I cheered for him in the past was when I heard he’d got thumped in a night club and he’s shown in the past he dislikes us so would only be coming for the money

Re: Dwight Gayle

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 4:52 pm
by joelufc20
Worth the risk tbh scores goals for fun at this level. If we only bring in 2 or 3 he had to be one of them. If we don't them someone else will

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