Newcastle gave a surprisingly robust first-half display against Man United on Sunday afternoon, with the exception of one man.
Newcastle matched their big-spending opponents and had a few chances to take an unlikely lead, but Dwight Gayle was largely anonymous and fans weren’t happy.
They’d been hoping to see new striker Islam Slimani in the line-up today but he didn’t even make the bench as he continues to recover from injury.
Gayle was the spearhead of Newcastle’s Championship win last season but he hasn’t been able to reproduce his form in the top flight, and fans have had enough.
The 27-year-old has made 23 Premier League appearances so far this season and managed just three goals.
And Newcastle fans are not happy – here are the best reactions to his poor fist-half display.
It’s as if Gayle is afraid of the ball…
— Ms. L H???? (@exspygirl) February 11, 2018
He’s not good enough and neither is Gayle , we are so poor in the final third.
— Andrew Alan Cowens (@andycowens) February 11, 2018
Gayle really is pointless. A striker who won’t shoot. Playing with 10 every game #nufc
— Rob carter (@robcarter35) February 11, 2018
What does Gayle actually do on the pitch aboustely nothing from what i can see #NUFC
— Ricciardo (@richiedragon) February 11, 2018
Perez and Gayle absolutely toothless
— Ned Musgrave (@nedmusgrave) February 11, 2018
For someone who is 5ft 9 Gayle makes him self look about 5ft 3 in the air! Need to focus on his feet!
— Greg Paterson (@GP) February 11, 2018
I love Rafa but his team selection does puzzle me. Dwight Gayle has been awful since Xmas yet plays almost every game!
— DamienJFT96Clarke (@diggersleftpeg) February 11, 2018
Rafa Benitez has another striker on the bench, but Joselu hasn’t done much to impress Newcastle fans this season either.
He’s managed one more goal than Gayle, with four in 22 league games.
In other Newcastle United news, the Magpies beat off a whole host of sides to secure the capture of one January signing.