By Michael Brown

24th Aug, 2020 | 6:53pm

Exclusive: Barely-seen Newcastle player tipped to have big role next season

Michael Brown has backed Dwight Gayle to have an increased role at Newcastle United next season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, Brown believes the striker could feature more if Steve Bruce switches to a more progressive system next season.

Gayle has just one year left on his current contract and is expected to stay at St. James Park to stake a claim for a starting spot, according to the Telegraph.

The 29-year-old moved above Newcastle’s record signing Joelinton in the pecking order after the Premier League restarted in June.

Gayle scored four goals in eight Premier League games for Newcastle following the restart.

Prior to that, last season he hadn’t scored in 12 league appearances for the Magpies.

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Asked by Football Insider whether Gayle could make an impact for Bruce next season, Brown said: “Nobody will want the deal to run out.

“He’s a goalscorer, Steve will understand the limitations he’s had on his squad but I know there’ll be a lot of takers because of his goal record.

“If Newcastle don’t bring any players in then Steve will says ‘leave him until his last year, I’ve got until January to see how he gets on’.

“He scores goals and it was hard for Steve to play an attacking style so attackers were criticised at times for their return.

“I’d also say I don’t always buy that because the style was a defensive set up that made them hard to beat so you’ve got to leave off the strikers a little bit.

“If Steve can get another couple more in, the style will be a bit more progressive at the top of the pitch.”

In other Newcastle United news, Danny Mills has dropped a shock claim after a deal is agreed.