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West Bromwich coach believes Gayle’s absence will hurt his team

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Dwight Gayle of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final first leg match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park on May 11, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)
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The on-loan striker scored 24 goals during the 2018-2019 English Championship season but will miss the rest of the campaign.

Dwight Gayle is West Bromwich Albion top scorer after he scored 24 goals in the 2018-2019 English Championship season.

But he was given a red card in the first leg of the Playoff Semifinal against Aston Villa.

This means he won’t only miss the second leg of the series, but also might miss the Final if his team advances.

“We’ve got Jay [Rodriguez] who can play centrally and down the middle and he’s a big goal threat as well,” Albion boss Jimmy Shan was quoted by the BBC.

“What it does present is that the lads waiting in the wing have an opportunity to perform and be a hero.”

“We’ve got some wonderful attacking options and players and we may have to tweak how we play on the pitch,” he explained.

“I don’t think their [West Brom] supporters will accept them sitting behind the ball. I’d expect them to be a little more open.”

“There are different ways you can approach the game, but my approach is to try and win. If we win, we’re through,” the manager concluded.