Following on from the news that Bristol City had seen a bid of £8 million accepted for Dwight Gayle, Fulham are reportedly set to offer the same sum, plus add-ons for the former Peterborough man.
Alan Pardew revealed yesterday that Gayle himself had spoken to him over the possibility of a move away at the start of the summer, having grown frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities at Selhurst Park, but with only Bristol City having shown serious interest in him prior to the boss’ pre-Arsenal press conference, it looked as though the striker was set to stay put.
Reluctant to drop down to the Championship having proven himself to be a more than capable finisher at Premier League level, Gayle may feel the same way about Fulham as he did over a possible switch to Ashton Gate, but with the Cottagers possessing a far greater pedigree within the game than the West Country outfit, he could be persuaded to make such a move.
Whilst there are a large number of Palace fans who are understandably reluctant to part with Gayle, given his genuinely impressive scoring record in a red and blue shirt, we could all benefit from taking a moment or two to put ourselves in Dwight’s shoes. Clearly keen to play regularly, he appears to have come to terms with the fact that Alan Pardew’s tactical plans don’t revolve around him and has subsequently asked to leave; a request which we have readily granted.
As part of that arrangement, we are now close to receiving two sizeable bids to take him off our hands, which if accepted, will leave the ball firmly in Gayle’s court. Looking at it without red and blue tinted spectacles, I would suggest that the frontman will plump for a move to Putney, bringing to an end a love affair that burned brightly in patches but for the most-part proved to be an unworkable match for both parties.
We should be thankful that Gayle’s best performances have brought bids of such size and wish him well if indeed he does decide to leave, rather than berating the club for allowing it to happen. In this particular case, it feels as though Gayle was the right player at the wrong time for Crystal Palace, and that is no one’s fault.