Darren Bent confidently backed Newcastle United attacker Dwight Gayle to have a positive impact at St James Park if given a proper opportunity.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Aston Villa and Tottenham forward stated that Gayle was a guaranteed source of goals but he needed to be given a run of games in order to prove himself.
Gayle has only featured briefly for the Magpies this season as he has just played four minutes of his side’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea and six minutes of the 1-1 draw with Wolves on Sunday.
Bent admitted that Gayle hadn’t proven his goalscoring abilities in the Premier League but shared that he believes the 29-year-old could get between seven and ten goals this season if Steve Bruce unleashes him.
When asked if Gayle could address Newcastle’s clear issues in front of goal, Bent told Football Insider: “Yes but he needs to be given a chance.
“I don’t think he has ever had a proper chance in the Premier League and by that, I mean a run of 10-15 games in the team without being taken out.
“While it’s hard for a manager to do that, I guarantee he will score if given a decent run in the team, he could get between seven to ten goals this season.
“It just seems with Gayle that everyone knows he is a clinical finisher in the Championship so he often gets shipped off to play in the Championship rather than a Premier League team take a chance on him and regularly play him.”
Gayle has appeared 101 times in the Premier League during his career so far and has only managed to rack up 21 goals in his outings.
The 29-year-old spent his 2018/19 campaign on loan in the Championship with West Bromwich and managed to rack up 24 goals in 41 appearances for them.
Newcastle have only managed six goals in their first 10 league outings this season and Bruce recently claimed the club’s lack of goalscoring was a key issue that needed to be addressed.
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