The news that Crystal Palace have accepted a bid for Dwight Gayle, believed to be in the region of £6m, has surprised many. Jack Pierce thinks that it's probably the right time for a move.
Dwight Gayle will score goals wherever he is.The problem is that he needs game time in order to score those goals and at Palace, it doesn't look as if he’s going to get the minutes that his talents crave.
From the end of last season to the time of writing, Gayle has been linked with a move away from SE25 and the rumoured queue of suitors hasn't been a short one. From recently promoted Norwich and Bournemouth to a host of Championship sides, the diminutive front man is apparently a striker in demand and Palace have made the most of such interest by placing a sizeable fee on his head. While Bristol City’s rumoured £10 million bid does sound a lot and excessive on the part of The Robins; even in the second tier, clubs are willing to invest heavily for a goalscorer.
Look no further than the £11 million that Fulham paid Leeds for Ross McCormack last summer or the money that Middlesbrough have been willing to chuck Blackburn for Jordan Rhodes’ services. Not even a bid of £12 million has, thus far, been enough to persuade Rovers to part with a striker who, if injury free, can almost guarantee to score 20-25 Championship goals this season.
The Premier League is the ultimate pot at the end of the rainbow and with top flight clubs’ revenues increasing year on year, Championship clubs are going to try their hardest (at risk of breaking the bank) to get a taste of the Premier League life.
Palace fans have grown very fond of Gayle since he scored on his home debut against Sunderland two years ago and most supporters would have loved to have seen him become a regular fixture in the first team and prove what so many thought he might be capable of. Unfortunately it doesn't look like we’re ever going to see him flourish in red and blue. Not under any of Messrs Holloway, Pulis, Warnock or Pardew has Gayle been able to maintain a run in the first team, despite scoring at a more than respectable rate of 1 in 3 in a Palace shirt.
Whether it’s been a case of him not fitting into their desired systems, his attitude being an issue or the managers simply putting their faith in others, it doesn’t really matter now if we are to cash in on him. Gayle is clearly a player who plays for scoring goals and if he is to drop down a division, he will have the platform to show what an instinctive and natural goal getter he is. If he does depart SE25, particularly for the rumoured sum involved, Gayle should leave with Palace fans’ best wishes.
Played in or out of his favoured position, his effort hasn't been questioned and if it wasn't for his two very well taken goals, Crystanbul would just be a thing of our imaginations!