Gayle shares Newcastle comeback plans
By Russell Edge
Newcastle top scorer Dwight Gayle has confirmed he aims to play a part in the club’s final two games in what he says has been a “fantastic” season.
The 26-year-old striker, who joined the Magpies from Crystal Palace last summer, has suffered with a recurring hamstring injury which has limited his playing time in the second half of the season.
However Gayle, who has scored 22 league goals for Newcastle this season, has said he hopes to return to first team action in their games against Cardiff and Barnsley, before the Magpies depart the Championship for the top flight.
When asked whether he would play any part before the end of the season, he told the Chronicle: “I am trying to get back and be fit for the last game of the season.
“I’d love to be involved because I want to be out there playing as much time as I can.”
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With his 22 goals in 31 appearances, which equate to an impressive goal every 97 minutes on the pitch, Gayle has become the first Newcastle striker to score over 20 goals in a season since Magpies legend Alan Shearer.
However, the former Crystal Palace man admitted the season in the second tier of English football had not been plain sailing for the Tyneside club, but insisted the players aimed to end it in positive fashion.
“There’s been ups and downs, and not so good times,” admitted Gayle to the Chronicle.
“But it all comes together at the end of the season.
“To finally achieve it (promotion) is fantastic and all the boys are absolutely buzzing about it.
“We are looking to finish the season on a high.”
During Gayle’s absence, both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Daryl Murphy have stepped into the void left by the 26-year-old, although neither have managed to hit the same goal scoring heights.
In other Newcastle news, captain Jamaal Lascelles says it is a case of ‘job done’ after earning promotion.