By Russell Edge
Former Newcastle United star Mick Quinn has said that manager Rafael Benitez must axe Joselu from the side against Manchester United and use Dwight Gayle in his place.
The Spanish striker was a summer signing from fellow Premier League side Stoke City but despite being given a regular run in the first team, the 27-year-old has just two goals from 10 appearances, nine of which have come as starts.
He has been keeping the likes of Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic out of the side, but Quinn believes that last season’s top scorer possesses the pace to terrorise the Manchester United back line when the Magpies visit Old Trafford on Saturday.
He says it should be the former Crystal Palace man who leads the line against Jose Mourinho’s side, backing both Joselu and Mitrovic to start on the bench.
Writing for the Chronicle on their website, he said: “It is time for Dwight Gayle to get a bit of a run in the Newcastle XI in my opinion, starting against Manchester United.
“His pace on the counter attack could prove to be a vital weapon in away games for Newcastle.
“Gayle can run in behind, stretch opposition defences and pose a real threat. I still believe he is the best finisher in that Newcastle squad.
“Joselu has had enough opportunities and he just hasn’t quite added goals to his all-round game yet – I’d take him out of the firing line for a bit.”
Gayle, who netted 23 goals to fire Newcastle to the Championship title, is yet to find the back of the net this season, although only three of his nine league appearances have come in the starting XI, with injury seeing him drift in and out of the squad.
The Magpies travel to Old Trafford sitting in 11th place, having suffered two successive 1-0 defeats, most recently at home to Bournemouth, while United are second in the table, although also come into the clash off the back of a 1-0 defeat, this time to Chelsea.
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