Newcastle fans have heavily criticised striker Dwight Gayle after his performance in Sunday's 3-0 FA Cup loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The 15th-placed Premier League side started the game brightly, forcing Chelsea's Caballero into a number of good saves. It was Chelsea who took the lead, however, when Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi finished coolly past Darlow in the 31st minute.
Things unravelled from there somewhat, and Chelsea ran out eventual 3-0 winners as Newcastle were dumped out of the FA Cup.
Gayle, who has scored just three goals in 22 appearances for the Magpies this season, struggled to impose himself during the game, and the 27-year-old's perceived lack of effort was blasted by a number of Newcastle fans after the final whistle.
Dwight Gayle is never going to be a PL striker & really doesn’t work hard enough when up front on his own.— Karen Walker 🏃♀️🏋️♀️🚴♂️⚽️ (@1karenannwalker) January 28, 2018
Dwight Gayle, please hand in your no.9 shirt at the door please.— Randeep Singh Sangha (@DrRandeepSangha) January 28, 2018
Rafa Benitez is keen to strengthen his attacking options at St James' Park in the January window, and the Spaniard has reportedly been given the green light by owner Mike Ashley to bring in Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro.
Dwight Gayle, on the other hand, has been linked with a move away from the North East, with Championship side Fulham eager to acquire the 27-year-old. The Cottagers tried to sign the Newcastle forward in the summer but their £15m bid was rejected. Nevertheless, it is unlikely that Benitez will allow the forward to leave St James Park' before a replacement is found.
Meanwhile, Newcastle will be hoping to secure a vital three points when they next face Burnley at home on Wednesday evening. The Magpies are just one point off 18th-placed Southampton.