Whilst there has been no official from word from Crystal Palace FC as of yet, the report below suggests that Dwight Gayle has agreed to a new long-term contract with the club.
The former Peterborough man has struggled hugely for game time over the last year or so and was in fact widely tipped to be on his way out of the club last summer, but noises coming out of Selhurst Park in the last week or so, point to a change of heart amongst the coaching staff as to the role he can play for the team in the weeks and months to come.
Brought off the bench at half-time against West Ham last weekend, Dwight was undoubtedly the difference maker for Alan Pardew at Upton Park. After being caught by Kouyate in the moment that saw the Hammers midfielder given his marching orders by Mark Clattenburg midway through the second period, Gayle then kept his composure in the penalty area minutes later to restore parity with a characteristically cool finish low to Adrian’s left.
It was a goal which prompted Alan Pardew go sing Gayle’s praises in the post-match press conference, fuelling speculation over a possible starting role for him when Norwich City visit Selhurst Park this Saturday.
There has never been any doubt over Dwight’s finishing from supporters or coaches in SE25, but Pardew’s apparent u-turn over the importance of the striker in our future planning has understandably taken a number of people by surprise. Having always struggled to impose himself on defences when played as a lone striker, there have been one or two suggestions of a potential partnership with Connor Wickham being tested against Alex Neill’s Canaries, but for now, that remains pure speculation on our part.
The most important thing here, is that as per the report at the top of the page, Dwight Gayle is seemingly ready to commit his long-term future to the football club, which is a sentence none of us thought we’d be typing six months ago.