Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce makes fitness claim about striker Dwight Gayle
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Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce makes fitness claim about striker Dwight Gayle

​Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce believes Dwight Gayle will continue his top form when the new season commences as he goes into the transfer market for an additional striker.

Gayle was on top form after the resumption of the Premier League last season following the coronavirus pandemic break.

The 29-year-old registered four goals and two assists in 20 Premier League appearances, in a season where the Magpies' big signing Joelinton lacked in goals and was eventually dropped from the starting XI.

Reports claim that Bruce is looking to get another striker to provide cover and somewhat competition to Gayle and Joelinton to avoid complacency while improving their Premier League log standings.

“I’ve got to look at all areas of the squad," Bruce said in regards to going into the transfer market.

“I was really impressed with Dwight at the end of the season, the way he finished. He had four in seven games when he was getting a bit fit.

"He’s come back and burst on to the scene. He’s looking in tip-top shape. He had two bad injuries last year.

“I know it’s a pivotal part of Newcastle’s folklore. If we can improve in any position, then I’ll try, but certainly, the forward areas are always the most mouth-watering ones and the ones which get reported on.”

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