Alex Bruce believes that Dwight Gayle can be instrumental for Newcastle United in the fight for Premier League survival this season. 

The former Leeds United defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested it had been a “frustrating” time for the 29-year-old on Tyneside.

Gayle has been limited to just 9 appearances so far this season, predominantly as a substitute, after struggling with a hamstring injury of late.

The striker could make his return to action this weekend as Steve Bruce’s side travel to Selhurst Park to face a Crystal Palace side winless in 2020.

When asked if the forward could be the answer to the Magpies woes in front of goals, Bruce told Football Insider: “We all know what he is capable of. He is a good finisher, he works hard for the team and he runs the channels. He is a good player.

“What has been frustrating for him is that he has been injured and when he has played he has had a few decent chances and has not taken them. It is frustrating for him.

“He needs to get himself fit and when he gets the opportunity – give my old man a headache! That is what the manager wants, a nice headache to have. When Dwight is fit I am sure, given opportunities, he can add something to Newcastle and get them a few goals.”

Gayle spent last season on loan at Championship table-toppers West Brom, scoring 23 goals in 39 appearances.

The Toon have only scored 24 goals in the Premier League this season, the joint worse in the division.

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