Should Crystal Palace cash in on Newcastle United target Dwight Gayle?
Having managed a measly 39 goals in the Premier League last season, it is clear to see that Palace need to reinforce their attack during the upcoming summer and unsurprisingly, a host of names have already been linked with a move to Selhurst Park.
Saidi Berahino, Simone Zaza and Christian Benteke are just some of the players touted with a move to Palace over the past few weeks and it will certainly be interesting to see if any one of the aforementioned names join the Eagles this summer.
Gayle has a good scoring record for Palace
On the other side of the spectrum, many fans are hopeful that manager Alan Pardew decides to keep hold of current striker Dwight Gayle as well. Gayle is not the most prolific of strikers and his record of 25 goals in 73 appearances for Palace serves to testify this fact.
That being said, his 25 goals have come in only 3417 minutes of action on the pitch – equating to around a goal every 136 minutes and the record can be viewed as a decent one for a player who does not usually start.
In addition, Gayle is a player who always gives his best every time he steps out on the pitch and he is arguably the best finisher at Palace currently. As a result, Eagles fans being desperate to see Gayle stay put at the club is totally understandable.
Given his qualities, a number of clubs are unsurprisingly interested in signing Gayle as well and it has recently been claimed that Newcastle United are plotting a swoop for the 25-year-old.
Palace should sell Palace for £10 million
While Palace would be open to keeping hold of Gayle – especially as the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Marouane Chamakh have both left, the reported £10 million on offer could well be worth cashing on.
Due to the inflated markets, English players’ values in recent times have sky rocketed and Gayle commanding £10 million is perhaps a testament to this fact.
From a financial point of view for Palace though, it seems like a good deal and if indeed the Eagles are able to pull it off, the funds raised would give Pardew a better chance of landing his high profile targets such as Zaza, Benteke or Berahino this summer.