Steve Bruce makes Dwight Gayle admission about previous Newcastle United regime

Steve Bruce says Dwight Gayle “didn’t feel part of the picture” at Newcastle United before his arrival at St James’s Park.

Gayle, linked with a clutch of Championship teams, has found his opportunities limited so far this season. However, the striker, under contract until 2021, isn’t expected to leave in this month’s transfer window – as second-tier clubs can’t afford a fee and his wages.

Rafa Benitez, Bruce’s predecessor, loaned Gayle out to West Bromwich Albion last season. Gayle scored 24 goals for the club, which reached the Championship play-offs.

Bruce – who tried to sign Gayle earlier in his managerial career – can “see a role” for the 29-year-old, whose goals took Newcastle back into the Premier League.

“I can see a role for Dwight,” said Bruce. “I’ve always liked him. Unfortunately, he got injured.

“Whatever happened to him in the past, he hasn’t felt part of the picture, but I started him against Manchester United (on Boxing Day). He was stiff afterwards, because it was his first game for months, but he’s available for the Wolves game. Let’s see what that brings.

Gayle is available for this afternoon’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux after missing last weekend’s FA Cup tie against Rochdale with a hamstring problem.

“He’s a very good player – and a vital part of the squad,” said Bruce. “I understand he might be (frustrated). I wouldn’t expect any different – I’d be the same. If you don’t play, you’re not happy.

Dwight Gayle.

“It’s part of the job managing that, but he’s going to get his chance.”