On the opening day of July, the ex-Crystal Palace forward Dwight Gayle joined Newcastle for a fee of £10 million.
The 25-year-old has said he would relish the opportunity to wear Newcastle’s iconic number nine shirt. The man who scored 26 goals in 74 games for Palace, must therefore fill the boots of some of the most recognised footballers to have graced British turf, such as Andrew Cole, Les Ferdinand, and most famously of course, Alan Shearer, who is by far Newcastle’s top goal-scorer in the clubs history.
He scored 148 goals for the Magpies, over 100 more than the second all time top scorer, Peter Beardsley.
However, here are THREE reasons why Dwight Gayle will be able to live up to the shirt’s legendary status: