Darlow, for example, endured a shocking start to the 2021/22 campaign as he covered for Martin Dubravka. He averaged a dismal SofaScore rating of 6.47 as he let in 1.9 goals per game across eight appearances, making one error directly leading to a goal and giving away one penalty.
This suggests that he is not good enough to be the club’s number two as he struggled badly when he was pressed into action in 2021.
Gayle, meanwhile, played eight games in the entire league season and averaged six minutes per match, failing to score or register an assist in his time on the pitch. Steve Bruce and Howe opted against handing him regular game time, which is why now could be the right time for him to move on.