This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Fulham will be aiming to bolster their squad in key areas of the field this summer as they aim to bounce back from their relegation to the Championship.
One area that Fulham are going to need to improve is upfront. They were linked with a potential move for Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle during the January transfer window, but in the end, he remained at St James’ Park for the second half of the season.
However, the latest report from Chronicle Live has now revealed that Fulham are now interested in making a fresh attempt to bring him to Craven Cottage. That comes with the forward being a proven goalscorer in the Championship.
It is believed that Newcastle could look to cash in on players such as Gayle this summer in order to improve their own transfer budget to strengthen their squad.
With Fulham back in for Gayle, we asked our FLW writers whether they feel it would be a good signing for them to make this summer…
This would be a brilliant signing for Fulham this summer and one that has been on the cards for a while now given their interest in him in January. The forward is a natural goalscorer and at Championship level his record speaks for itself and mark him out as one of the best finishers at that level.
Gayle needs a move now away from Newcastle and he needs to go somewhere he can command a regular starting role after finding himself down the pecking order under Steve Bruce. He would be sure to be a regular for Fulham in the Championship and that would make the move a promising one for him.
The forward has not played in the Championship since the 2018/19 campaign where he fired home 24 goals in 40 appearances on loan at West Brom. That shows that if he is given a lot of regular service he will be able to guarantee around 15 to 20 goals in the English second tier.
Fulham need a new forward given their scoring issues last term in the Premier League. What they lacked was a real finisher upfront and there are few better options out there for them to address that this summer than Gayle.
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I do think that this would be a very good signing for Fulham if they are able to pull it off.
With the future of Aleksandar Mitrovic seemingly set to be the subject of much speculation this summer, and Josh Maja only on loan at Craven Cottage, it does seem as though they may need to add to their attacking ranks during the market.
Given his proven ability to score the goals in the Championship from his time with the likes of Newcastle and West Brom, Gayle could be a decent candidate to fill that role, and he would surely relish the opportunity of more game time following a frustrating few years at St James’.
However, with Newcastle seemingly set to hand Gayle that new contract, it may be hard for Fulham to get this one done, since Newcastle will be in a strong position to negotiate any offers that do come in for him.
This would be an excellent signing for the short-term.
Gayle isn’t getting any younger, of course, but he has proven to be an excellent goalscorer at this level before with Newcastle and West Brom.
In that respect, it would be a top signing as Fulham look to secure another immediate return to England’s top-flight, and having a striker capable of scoring goals is always a bonus.
Aleksandar Mitrovic’s future remains up in the air, too, so there is scope to bolster attacking options and bring in someone else this summer.
Whilst it may not be one for the long-term, it would be a top signing for the short-term.