Whichever way you look at it, Newcastle United aren’t scoring enough goals.
With just one win from their opening seven matches in the league so far this season, the tension is already beginning to mount on manager Steve Bruce, and it’s not hard to see why.
So far this term, the Toon Army have managed fewer shots on goal than any other side in the Premier League, as per the league themselves, and according to the Wyscout, as quoted by the Chronicle, their total expected goals across all seven matches they have played already is just 5.42, working out at 0.77 per match.
Factor in a paltry total of four actual goals all season, and it’s fair to say things are looking pretty grim for Bruce’s boys.
Which is why they need all hands on deck in front of goal, and why the latest training ground snaps of Dwight Gayle will be a welcome boost to the Toon Army.
The 28-year-old has been pictured back with a ball at his feet, as per the Chronicle, and the hope will be that a return to action isn’t too far away.
Gayle has yet to feature so far this season, but he was a revelation in front of goal for West Brom last season, hitting 24 in the Championship and averaging 2.4 shots per game and a Whoscored rating of 7.11.
That kind of instinct in front of goals wouldn’t go amiss for the Magpies right now, and while he may not have been most people’s first choice striking option this term, Gayle could still have a huge role to play.