Crystal Palace supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side head into the international break off successive Premier League defeats.
Roy Hodgson’s men went into their encounter with newly-promoted Wolves on October 6 having lost 2-1 to Bournemouth in their previous league clash a few days earlier, and thus seeking to bounce back at Selhurst Park. Yet the Eagles were unable to do so as a Matt Docherty effort just 11 minutes into the second half sealed a 1-0 success for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, thus leaving Palace winless at home so far this term, and indeed sat 14th in the Premier League table.
As such, there have been many frustrated Eagles fans up and down the country in recent times, although several are hopeful that their side will improve as the season goes on after being relatively busy during the summer transfer window.
And Palace were generally praised for the business they conducted during the close season, as they were back in the summer of 2016 when they sanctioned Dwight Gayle’s departure to Newcastle United for £10.8 million (as per Transfermarkt).
And having spent just £4.77 million (as per Transfermarkt) on the forward just a few years earlier, they certainly got their worth out of him, but his struggles in transferring his Championship goal-scoring record into the Premier League at Selhurst Park, which has also been the case since at Newcastle United, suggests that Palace pulled off a masterstroke in letting him go for a very healthy profit.
Gayle arrived at the London club back in 2013 after impressing greatly in the Championship with Peterborough United, although there were obvious question marks about whether the 28-year-old would be able to produce the goods at Premier League level for the Eagles.
Yet he went on to score seven goals in 23 league appearances in his first season at Selhurst Park to help the club to an 11th place finish, before netting ten goals in all competitions the season after as the Eagles went one better and secured a top-half Premier League finish.
And with seven goals in what turned out to be his last campaign at Selhurst Park, Gayle certainly did his bit in helping the Eagles solidify and establish themselves as a top-tier club, before opting to move to relegated Newcastle United in the summer of 2016 in a bid to help them return to the top-flight.
And with his game time dwindling somewhat at Palace, it was probably the right move for all parties involved, as while Gayle’s goal-scoring record wasn’t bad during his time with the Eagles, he simply couldn’t be relied upon to net in the Premier League – whereas it’s clear that he is incredibly prolific in the Championship.
And that has since been the case at Newcastle as well in helping the Magpies win promotion back to the top-flight in 2017, only to struggle to produce the goods in the Premier League last term for Rafa Benitez’s side – there’s a reason he has been shipped out on loan to second tier side West Brom where, unsurprisingly, he is scoring for fun.
Thus, not only did Palace get all £4.77 million out of the striker during his three-year stint at the club, they then did extremely well to make a £6.03 million profit on the forward when he dropped down a division to join Newcastle back in 2016 – he was a player that simply wasn’t able to regularly produce the goods in the top tier.
As such, in making a hefty profit on the striker, and Gayle failing to convince of his Premier League capabilities since his departure, Palace pulled off a masterstroke in letting him little over a year ago.
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