Kevin Campbell claims Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce must find a solution if Callum Wilson is not available for the visit of Chelsea on Saturday.
The former Arsenal and Everton forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claims Bruce would have liked Gayle, 30, to be available in Wilson’s absence even though he has heard the striker will leave the club in 2021.
Wilson limped off with a hamstring problem in the Magpies’ 2-0 defeat at Southampton before the international break and Steve Bruce was left fearing the worst.
However, The Athletic revealed that Wilson’s injury was not as bad as first feared and he is now likely to return against Crystal Palace on 28 November or Aston Villa on 5 December.
Andy Carroll and club-record signing Joelinton could both provide cover for the £20million summer arrival for this weekend while Dwight Gayle remains sidelined.
When asked by Football Insider if there was enough firepower at St. James’ Park to cope with the absence of Wilson, Campbell said:
“Newcastle were helped by the international break coming when it did. Wilson was afforded that extra couple of weeks.
“Every team would feel it if they were to lose their goalscorer, their star man. Any team would feel that.
“They will have to make do if he is not available for Chelsea. There has been shouts that Dwight Gayle will be leaving the club but if he was available I would have turned to him in Wilson’s absence.
“Steve Bruce will have to see what he can do. They need to find a solution.”
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