With a decent start to life under new West Bromwich Albion head coach Slaven Bilic, we find ourselves sat in fourth place in the Championship table once again as we are so far unbeaten. With the September international break at an end now, one of the main talking points on a pundit front over the lull was the possibility of us re-signing Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle.
The latest to fall into the trap of suggesting the 28-year-old would be an option for us was Sky Sports’ Championship pundit David Prutton. Speaking to Football League World this last week, it seems the former player was only aware of the ongoing, yet seemingly baseless reports suggesting we’ll go back for the lad given his 24 goal return for us in the 2018/19 campaign, added to the fact he is yet to make an appearance for Steve Bruce so far this season – although he has been out with a calf injury.
“It would be fantastic – especially with the nature of the team they’ve got, and how he’s put it together. Romaine Sawyers has come in and taken like a duck to water and he’s one of several key players that they have got. Dwight deserves a run of games, as it doesn’t help him at all when he’s coming off the bench to play only small parts of games. I think he’d be a great addition. The timing of the signing could be absolutely perfect – we saw Aleksandar Mitrovic sign for Fulham in 2018 at a similar time, and that was a massive statement.”
Ignoring the fact Gayle has been injured, and ignoring the fact that Technical Director Luke Dowling went to pains over the summer to explain that Gayle wouldn’t return owing to his wages, Prutton isn’t wrong in saying that a return in January would be a significant boost to our promotion chances given we more than know what he brings to the pitch.
Given the story won’t go away, fans will be hoping that if our budget didn’t stretch to the season, as long as we remain in the mix for promotion come the New Year, our budget might stretch to the second half of the campaign.