It has been no secret that West Brom have been missing a prolific striker this season compared to last in the Championship.
Hal Robson-Kanu and Charlie Austin have scored a combined total of 19 goals in the Championship, compared to Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez who scored 45 last season.
Both have featured in the Premier League this season, with Gayle scoring in his two last appearances in the league under Steve Bruce.
Peterborough Today has reported that the Baggies are interested in re-signing Gayle from Newcastle in the summer.
It would be a sensational return for Gayle, but Albion needed him to help them get promoted, not for after they possibly secure that without him.
Express and Star journalist Joseph Masi has suggested that fans should maybe take this speculation with a pinch of salt.
Masi claimed that West Brom have two shortlists for the summer, one for the Premier League and another should they miss out on promotion.
All I can tell you for certain is that Albion have two lists of targets. One if they are in the Premier League next season. One if they are in the Championship. Until that's decided any links are a bit meaningless. I know that's boring but I promise you it's true.
— Joseph Masi (@JosephMasi_Star) July 3, 2020
Many West Brom fans have reacted to the links, claiming that Albion should be looking elsewhere – especially if they earn promotion to the Premier League.
The 29-year-old has only made 14 appearances with nine of those off the bench, with his two goals recently the only he has managed this season.
Baggies fans claim that more of a proven striker and Gayle’s record this season definitely backs up their opinion.
West Brom News have picked out the best reactions below…
I personally think we should not go in for him if we get promoted because he is 30 soon and he is not the same player in the prem than in the championship but if we don’t get promoted definitely go in for him
— Jacob (@westbromfan08) July 3, 2020
Not all this again 🙈 the papers need to let it go… 😂🙄
— Daniel Arnold (@daniel_arnie) July 3, 2020
Really hope not. He choose to stay at Newcastle instead of coming to us let him rot there
— John Lem (@JohnLem6) July 3, 2020
As much as I love him
He ain’t a premiership striker in a million years 🤷🏼♂️🤷🏼♂️
— Paul Handley (@PaulHan12455719) July 3, 2020
— Josh (@joshiecole2003) July 3, 2020
Not a chance I hope
— richard steadman (@07710639609) July 3, 2020
Papers and fans need to let it go. You'd think he was a club legend the way people go on 🙄 if we have and ambition in the Premier league then we'd be aiming higher than gayle
— Ashley Small (@Asmall92) July 3, 2020
I'm torn because I love him but he struggles in the PL (with the club's he's had) that could change with us who knows, and he's way too good for the championship
— 𝓚𝓙𝓖 ✞ (@xGibsonn93) July 3, 2020
It all depends on which system Slaven Bilic wants to use next season of course, with the Croatian preferring a lone-target man rather than two poaches like last season.
If it was down to the fans, Gayle would be staying where he was and maybe Bilic should take that advice and look elsewhere.
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