Newcastle have been left to battle on with just Jolelinton through a long hard winter so far with Gayle, Yoshinori Muto and Andy Carroll all injured.
Bruce said: "The reason why we didn't sign a striker in January?
"I felt that those who were available weren't any better than Dwight Gayle.
"I keep saying that I think a lot of him.
"He's a very good footballer I hope he stays injury free now."
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