Danny Mills doubted that Newcastle United attacker Dwight Gayle was cut out for the Premier League.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England full-back suggested that just because Gayle succeeded in the Championship it doesn’t mean he’s good enough for the top-flight.
The 29-year-old forward has featured eight times in the Premier League this season but is yet to register a goal or an assist.
Mills explained that not everybody can make the step up to the Premier League after wowing in the Championship as you have to be absolutely clinical at that level.
When asked if Gayle is cut out for the Premier League as he has missed some notable chances as of late, Mills told Football Insider: “It’s always difficult.
“The speed of the Premier League is quicker, mentally it’s quicker, chances come at you quicker but less frequently.
“You have to be that little bit sharper in and around the box, it’s two or three levels up, it’s not easy, just because you’re scoring goals in the Championship, you may get five or six chances in a Championship game but only two in a Premier League game.
“That’s the difference, being absolutely clinical at that level.
“Sometimes players just have a level, not everybody is good enough to step up to that next level.
“I’ve played with many players who played in the Championship, played very well, got promoted and they’ve been bought by another Championship club as they know their level.
“They know what they’re good at, and therefore it means their happy, club’s happy, yes sometimes you want to have a go, test yourself, but as I’ve said everybody can’t be good enough for the Premier League.”
Gayle has played 107 times in England’s top-flight but has only managed to score a grand total of 29 goals.
In comparison, the English forward has featured 100 times in the Championship and scored 59 goals in the process.
In other Newcastle United news, Paul Robinson urged the Magpies to offer a contract to a player who may have been ‘Tapped up’.