Date: 23rd October 2018 at 7:00am
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Maybe he chose the wrong weekend to ask this particular question given West Bromwich Albion lost to Wigan Athletic, and Dwight Gayle found himself substituted in the second half of the 1-0 defeat to be replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu in the 76th minute – but pundit Jamie Redknapp’s question remains a valid one.

“Why on earth did Newcastle let Dwight Gayle go on loan to West Brom? While his replacement Salomon Rondon has not scored in the league, Gayle has eight goals in his last 10 league games.”

It was such a simple question as he wrote in his Daily Mail column published on Sunday, but it’s a question many Newcastle fans are asking themselves given their lack of goals under Rafa Benitez in the Premier League and following their most recent defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion, they are now winless in nine and sat in 20th place in the top-flight table, three points from safety.

Rondon is yet to find the net for them in three Premier League games although he did net prior to injury in the EFL Cup to open his account.

Okay, it was a bad weekend for the Baggies, but we remain in third place and only one point off Middlesbrough in top spot.

Gayle has also scored eight in 12 matches in total in the second tier.

It’s a question people will be asking all season unless Newcastle attempt to recall him in January as every deal has a break clause I believe, but if the intention wasn’t to recall him in the New Year there may well be a significant compensation element involved is my guess.

Would Mike Ashley stomach that – will we attempt to give them an offer they can’t refuse? I have no idea, but we certainly got the better end of that bizarre loan arrangement.