The Chronicle journalist understood why Gayle wasn’t too happy after the striker didn’t manage a single touch of the ball in his first outing for the Magpies since 2018.
Ryder shared that the 29-year-old let his frustrations out at the end of the 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, and was visibly angry when speaking to Ciaran Clark.
There is no surprise that Gayle was angered by his brief cameo at Stamford Bridge. As a striker, all you want is service, given the fact that you are judged by the return you have in front of goal. There were literally zero chances of Gayle scoring against Chelsea for the Magpies, who had their backs against the wall for the entire game in London. The 29-year-old would have been counting down the days till he returned to action after his injury, and the game against Chelsea is most likely not what he was expecting. Ryder is probably wrong to suggest that Gayle should start against Wolves, as he needs more than five minutes of action to get back into the swing of things before leading the line. Joelinton has struggled for service in the final third this season, and Gayle would have recognised that it would be tough, and he will need to get used to it if he is to continue in the Magpies’ side.