By North-east correspondent Harry Sykes
Neil Warnock is not convinced that Dwight Gayle is the striker to spearhead Newcastle’s return to the Premier League.
The Magpies signed the Crystal Palace forward on Friday morning on a five-year deal for around £10million, as they completed a whirlwind round of new signings that also included £5million goalkeeper Mats Sels and £12million winger Matt Ritchie.
Gayle scored 26 goals in 74 appearances during his three seasons at Palace, but a disappointing second half of the 2015-16 campaign saw the club make an alarming drop down the table and resulted in the striker’s expected departure.
Gayle, who joined Palace in 2013 from Peterborough for a fee of £6million, was managed by Warnock when he was in charge at Selhurst Park.
“He was glad I left because I never picked him,” ex-Palace boss Warnock told the Alan Brazil programme on talkSPORT on Tuesday morning. “I couldn’t find a system for him.
“It’ll be interesting to see what they (Newcastle) do as they’ve spent a lot of money on him, £10million, apparently.”
Benitez has added Gayle to a forward roster that already includes the likes of Papiss Cisse, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez.
In other Newcastle news, Benitez has been hit by a high profile snub after his offer was rejected.