Despite the fact that we’re now without a Premier League goal in four games, Dwight Gayle has been given the go-ahead to leave Crystal Palace this January on a permanent basis.
Currently sitting on the sidelines with a long running hamstring injury, Gayle hasn’t enjoyed the best of times under the management of Alan Pardew, even though their time together started in extremely positive fashion. Goals for the striker in games away at Dover and Burnley when Pardew first took charge seemed to signal a shift in Dwight’s fortunes, but the months that have followed have been nowhere near as fruitful.
Having joined the club shortly after our promotion to the top flight in 2013, Gayle has now failed to make a lasting impact under four separate permanent Palace bosses, leading many to question whether or not the striker’s mental approach to life as a professional is actually the route cause of his struggles for first-team football. Regularly trumpeted as the best natural finisher at the club, there must be a reason why he’s never been given a proper run of games at the head of the side.
The report above gives details of both the fee Palace will be expecting, should they indeed sanction a move for him during the current window, as well as listing the names of the clubs interested in taking him off our hands, of which there are many.
You would hope that Pardew and Parish have a more than adequate replacement lined up to fill Gayle’s boots in the event of a sale taking place, but knowing us, we probably won’t find out until the final few hours of the transfer window; it’s the Palace way.