The remarkable Dwight Gayle statistic that puts Newcastle United teammate Joelinton to shame

Dwight Gayle’s recall to the Newcastle United starting XI on Saturday was a like a breath of fresh air for Steve Bruce’s gun-shy Magpies.

Tuesday, 3rd March 2020, 11:45 am
The statistics of Dwight Gayle & Joelinton compared.

United are the lowest scorers in the Premier League with 24 goals, but looked much more of a threat with Gayle leading the line in place of Joelinton in the weekend 0-0 draw with Burnley.

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To the naked eye, Gayle’s clever movement, runs without the ball and presence in the box seemed to be a marked improvement on the £40million Brazilian’s performances of late. But what do the statistics say?

Here our writer Liam Kennedy takes a look at Joelinton’s last three United games as a centre forward in the Premier League, and compares that to Gayle’s Clarets show. And it’s fair to say the statistics are damning when it comes to the record-breaking summer signing, when using touches and actions in the box as a metric.