Steve Bruce addresses 'frustrated' Dwight Gayle's situation at Newcastle United

Steve Bruce has addressed Dwight Gayle’s situation at Newcastle United.

Saturday, 18th September 2021, 8:44 am

The 30-year-old striker signed a new contract at the club in the summer after his deal expired – but he’s yet to play a minute of Premier League football this season, despite the loss of Callum Wilson to injury.

Gayle – who was reportedly involved in a training ground confrontation with Graeme Jones, Bruce’s assistant, this week – was an unused substitute for last night’s 1-1 draw against Leeds United at St James’s Park.

Asked why Gayle hadn’t played, head coach Bruce said: "I think it's the system that we’re playing, which I’m looking at, of course.

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Dwight Gayle.

"Dwight trains every day, he’s a great pro. He’ll be frustrated, I’m sure. Well I know, for a fact, he is, but, then again, so are 10, 12 other players. I’ve got to pick a team to win a football match, and go with a system, and he hasn’t found a way in yet.”

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