By Paul Robinson

2nd Mar, 2020 | 8:00am

'I wanted Leeds to sign him' - Exclusive: Paul Robinson in awe of rarely-seen Newcastle man

Paul Robinson was full of praise for Dwight Gayle after he made his first Premier League home start for Newcastle United in two years. 

The former England international goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the 29-year-old can bring the best out of Joelinton if they are played together.

Gayle failed to score on his first start at St. James Park since 2018 in what was ultimately a frustrating afternoon on Tyneside.

The Magpies failed to convert numerous chances against Burnley as the game finished goalless, much to the frustrations of the fans.

When asked for his assessment of the former Crystal Palace striker’s return to the starting eleven, Robinson told Football Insider: “I like Dwight Gayle. I wanted Leeds to sign him if he was not part of Steve Bruce’s plans.

“He is a great striker. His movement, he brings something different to Joelinton. He needs players around him but Gayle brings other players into it. He brings the team together.

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“I think Joelinton will still play and there is a place for both of them in the team. If Joelinton plays with somebody like Gayle he will have a lot more chances because he will create a lot more for him. However Bruce likes to play, the pair of them together will create more chances.” 

Gayle spent last season on loan at Championship table-toppers West Brom where he scored 24 goals in 41 appearances.

Since returning to the North-East the English forward has struggled with injuries that have limited him to 11 Premier League appearances.

In other Newcastle United news, Michael Brown told Football Insider he is frustrated with 28-year-old for his inconsistent performances.