By Harvey Byrne
Forward Dwight Gayle played 52 minutes of Newcastle’s 1-0 draw against Huddersfield on Sunday afternoon – and Magpies fans on Twitter destroyed his display.
A second half strike from midfielder Aaron Mooy sealed the victory for the Terriers at the John Smith’s Stadium and a number of Newcastle players came in for some criticism after the game, including Gayle.
The 26-year-old striker finished as the north east giants’ top scorer in the last campaign, returning 23 goals in 32 league appearances.
However, in his first two appearances in the Premier League since Newcastle’s promotion he has remained goalless and Sunday’s performance against fellow promoted club Huddersfield has came in for particular criticism from fans on social media.
One fan went as far as to claim he was “invisible” during his time out on the pitch, while other stated he’s not good enough to hold the ball up the pitch upfront on his own for Rafa Benitez’ side.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
We are surely better than this. Gayle up top on his own and isolated is no use. #nufc
— mark nicols (@marknicols) August 20, 2017
— ZaqwanAzhar (@ZaqwanAzhar) August 20, 2017
Dwight Gayle isn't very good like. Shame. We'd be a much better team with a better striker. #nufc
— Richard Crowder (@Crowdinho) August 20, 2017
The only time I have heard Merino's name was when he lost ball for a breakaway. Gayle invisible. Must be better in 2H. #NUFC
— Chris Parry (@CParryETFS) August 20, 2017
If Rafa starts Pérez and Gayle up top next game I'm done. #NUFC
— Bristol Magpie (@BristolMagpie) August 20, 2017
we are getting found out now mate just not a good enough squad Gayle Hayden lascelles the lost goes on all championship level
— Jay Charlton (@JayNufc87) August 20, 2017
Gayle might as well not have been on the pitch
— Sharky's Mandem (@SharkyWatson) August 20, 2017
Gayle has previously played in the Premier League with Crystal Palace, but he managed just 15 goals in 65 appearances in the top-flight during his three-year stay in south east London.
He will now be hoping to improve on that record with Newcastle this season, but he may find himself out of the team for new summer signing Joselu if performances don’t pick up soon.
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