This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
When Dwight Gayle was relegated to League One with Peterborough back in 2013, via BBC Sport, the striker probably thought he would struggle to make it at the top level. However in that same summer, recently promoted Crystal Palace (who also relegated the Posh) decided to take a gamble, and signed the Englishman for £4.77 million, via Transfermarkt. With the way his career at the Eagles went, the fee proved to be a bargain and the club eventually made a profit on the player.
Would you have let Gayle go in 2016?
Before he made his any appearances for the South London side, former Palace manager Ian Dowie was speaking about the player to the Daily Star and said: “I think it may prove to be a real shrewd piece of business if he can fire the goals to keep Palace up.”
Gayle did exactly that in his debut campaign in the Premier League and his seven goals in 23 appearances, via Transfermarkt, were crucial in helping them stay in the top flight, something which they had never done before, via Premier League.
His decent goal scoring record would continue at the club as he would eventually score 25 goals in 75 appearances, via Transfermarkt. To have a goal once every three games was good for a striker who was in a side battling for survival and who had never previously played at that level.
It did end up great business as Newcastle United became interested in Gayle as he started to struggle for game time under Palace manager Alan Pardew, and in the end they signed the Englishman for £10.80 million in 2016, per Transfermarkt. Not only did Palace make around £6 million profit on him, he also was crucial for the Magpies, scoring 23 goals in 32 Championship appearances to help the club get back into the Premier League at the first time of asking, per Transfermarkt.
This all goes to show that the fee that Crystal Palace paid for Gayle in the first place proved to be an absolute steal and highlights that signing him was something of a masterstroke from the club, not just for profit but also for the crucial goals he brought in their early years in the Premier League.
Without those goals, they may not have gone on to become the established top flight outfit that they are today. Therefore, buying Gayle helped lay the foundations for their prolonged Premier League stay.
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