Newcastle United have endured a disastrous start to the season, after failing to secure a victory in any of their opening eight fixtures - a torrid start which stems from their woes in front of goal.
With just five goals scored this season - four in the Premier League - the Magpies are treading water and those on Tyneside have been left to lament the departure of both
Mitrovic sealed a permanent move to Fulham and has already found himself on the score sheet five times in the Premier League, while Gayle has hit the ground running on his loan stint having notched six in nine games in the Championship for West Brom.
The player who came the other way as part of the loan deal,
@NUFC360 Letting Gayle go was a huge mistake imo. His goal ratio was very poor, but his pace stretched defences, creating space as he ran into channels. It was a big factor in Perez making a better contribution.— David Short (@davidshort63) September 30, 2018
Hate to admit it, cuz i was one of the ones putting all my eggs in rondons basket, but yep, think your right about missing gayle and his pace, was hoping rondons power would have created loads of opportunities, but sadly, it looks like it's not to be— Paul Topham (@paultopham2) September 30, 2018
Loaning out Gayle is a far, far bigger mistake than swapping one big lump in Mitro for another in Rondon. I genuinely can't understand the thinking in removing all pace and movement from our frontline, and it's clear our creativity has suffered with nobody moving. #nufc— Andrew Lawes (@LawesDisorder) September 29, 2018
To what? Its a player issue not a tactical one.— Josh Blakey (@lil_josh92) September 29, 2018
I don't care about Mitrovic going, letting Gayle leave was the big mistake. Admittedly he was frustrating in-front of goal, but he ran the channels, always gave Shelvey made sure there was a pass on. The defences just squeeze us
Do some supporters genuinely believe Rafa looked at Joselu, Perez & Rondon and said “ok Mike, you can let Mitrovic & Gayle go now, we are all good for goals oh & keep the £27m, maybe use 9m to buy Muto if you like?”— NUFC Away (@NUFC_1987) September 30, 2018
Get a grip.
He’s been shafted. #nufc
Rafa knows who he wants to buy for the good of the whole squad. But he is never allowed to buy his first until probably 10th choice for each position because of their cost. I guess the further down his lists you go the cheaper players will not blend as well. Ashleys fault nt Rafa— Clive Lancaster (@luckyclive62) September 29, 2018
I said this when it happened but fans were raving about useless Rondon who wasn't Rafa's first choice at all panic signing.— ToonArmy (@CaptainJLasc) September 30, 2018