Newcastle United are nonetheless paying two-thirds of Dwight Gayle’s wage, regardless of his transfer to Stoke Metropolis this summer season.
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That’s in response to a latest report by The Telegraph, who revealed that, though the 32-year-old sealed a free switch to the Potters in July – regardless of having two years remaining on his contract at St. James’ Park – Newcastle’s homeowners are nonetheless paying a whopping £40k of the centre-forward’s £60k-per-week wage.
The report goes on to state that it is because the Championship aspect have been struggling to satisfy FFP rules and couldn’t afford a transfer for the striker except the Magpies have been prepared to supply a cut-price deal – one thing that it’s now evident PIF determined was the most suitable choice for Eddie Howe’s aspect.
Ashley’s largest shocker
Whereas it’s true that, following his £10m signing in the summertime of 2016, Gayle performed a starring function within the membership’s promotion again to the highest flight – scoring 23 objectives over 32 Championship appearances in 2016/17 – contemplating simply how little the 32-year-old provided the Magpies within the time since, his signing should be thought-about as certainly one of Mike Ashley’s worst items of switch enterprise.
Certainly, following their promotion-winning marketing campaign, the £1.35m-rated centre-forward discovered the again of the web simply 11 instances over his 81 appearances within the Premier League – a median of 1 purpose each 303 minutes of top-flight soccer performed for the Magpies – one thing that clearly demonstrates the striker was less than the requirements required for England’s prime tier.
Nevertheless, regardless of his dwindling returns of each objectives and appearances year-on-year at Newcastle, Ashley baffled the membership’s fanbase when he handed the £60k-per-week ahead a brand new three-year deal in the summertime of 2021 – one thing that was, reasonably understandably, met with widespread disdain from the St. James’ Park devoted.
Certainly, within the season following Gayle’s contract extension, the 32-year-old would play a grand complete of half-hour of Premier League soccer, over which he scored no objectives, earlier than the membership’s new homeowners lastly minimize ties with the striker this summer season – albeit whereas nonetheless paying him a princely £40k per week.
As such, when contemplating that the participant who Matt Murphy dubbed “surprising” value Newcastle £29m in wages and costs throughout his 316-week spell within the North East, along with an additional £4m over the 101 weeks remaining on his Newcastle contract whereas enjoying for Stoke, it’s clear to see that the £33m invested in Gayle was effectively and really cash wasted by Ashley.