Kevin Phillips suggests West Brom should re-sign Dwight Gayle permanently
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Kevin Phillips claims Dwight Gayle can shine at West Brom if the Black Country club is able to re-sign the Newcastle striker on a permanent basis.
Gayle, 31, tore up the Championship in 2018/19 during a season-long loan at The Hawthorns that yielded 24 goals in 41 total appearances.
Now, the Magpies centre-forward has been linked with a return to the West Midlands with it yet to be confirmed whether the ex-Crystal Palace man will be signing a new contract at St James’ Park.
Albion, as it stands, are without a manager but the Sunday Mirror [print edition, May 30, page 76] has reported that if Chris Wilder is named as the next West Brom manager, he’d want to sign the Newcastle striker.
Phillips claims that if Gayle is up for grabs ahead of next season, there could be a clamour to sign the ex-Baggies loan star.
However, he’d like to see his former club West Brom come out on top in any battle to land Gayle permanently.
“I think he showed with the goals he did score, he showed he knows where the back of the net is and he showed that in abundance with West Brom,” Phillips told West Brom News.
“You’re not playing against as much quality [in the Championship] and you’ll get more game-time.
“He’s the kind of striker that if he was made available, I think quite a few Championship clubs would be looking to sign Dwight.
“He’s a natural centre-forward who likes to play off the shoulder.
“I say about not going back because it’ll never be the same but he was only on loan so maybe if they can get him back on a permanent deal, making him feel comfortable and feel at home then we’ve all seen what he can do.
“It’s in there it’s just whether someone can get it out and I think it would be a decent move for West Brom if they get him because he is a goalscorer.”
Gayle has struggled for game-time in the Premier League with Newcastle and started just four league games this season and 10 last season.
He’s nowhere near the top of Steve Bruce’s pecking order but West Brom might be in the market for a new striker this summer and there would surely be some supporters who’d like to see the Albion dial that G once more.
In other West Brom news, a move to Albion on loan has been mooted for this Aston Villa player.