Dwight Gayle reveals the Geordie that sold him on the No 9 jersey at Newcastle

Dwight Gayle
Dwight Gayle

Dwight Gayle says he simply had to get the No 9 jersey at Newcastle United – after speaking to his partner's father.

The striker, sidelined with a hamstring injury, is the second-top scorer in the Championship with 22 goals.

Gayle was handed the coveted shirt last summer after joining from Crystal Palace.

And the 27-year-old knew all about the significance of the jersey long before he got to wear.

"My missus' dad's a Geordie, a Newcastle fan, so he was telling me everything about it," said Gayle.

"To be fair, I already knew previously about all the legends who have worn the shirt, but he was just banging on to me about it trying to make me get it and telling me how good it would be.

"I knew the No 9 was a legendary shirt, so to get it was fantastic.

"But I just try to get on with it. The largest pressure I was going to have was from myself and from my team-mates, who'll demand I perform for them."