By Dominic Toner
Newcastle’s £10million striker Dwight Gayle has explained the attention to possession based football in training.
The 25-year-old forward has been training with his new team-mates under tactician Rafa Benitez and recently passed the customary initiation by singing Oasis anthem Wonderwall.
Gayle confessed that although his performance on stage was far from impressive, he has enjoyed training so far and wants to start playing again soon.
He told the Newcastle website: “The training has been really good. We’ve seen a lot of the footballs, with keep-ball, possession drills and finishing.
“But there’s also been a lot of shape and tactical work so it feels like we are covering everything. I just can’t wait to get back on the field and start playing again.”
Gayle spent much of the 2015-16 season on the periphery at Selhurst Park and featured in just 20 games, scoring seven and assisting one along the way.
In his 74 appearances for the London club he grabbed 26 goals and his new manager Benitez will hope he can help fire them back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Benitez has already brought in five players this summer, which include Isaac Hayden, Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie all coming from Premier League sides.
It will be the first time the Spaniard has managed in England’s second-tier and joins with a wealth of managerial pedigree, having managed at top clubs such as Real Madrid, Liverpool, Valencia, Inter Milan and Chelsea.
It looks like his Newcastle side will look to dominate games with possession next season, as they are one of the clubs expected to push for automatic promotion.
In other Newcastle news, a fan favourite has moved to MLS outfit Vancouver Whitecaps.