Dwight Gayle has made the leap to Premier League football with Crystal Palace after making a £4.5million switch from Peterborough United.
The Posh manager, Darren Ferguson, was always going to find it a huge challenge to hold on to the striker despite the player only joining on a permanent deal in December 2012 after an impressive loan spell at the club.
But having paid Dagenham & Redbridge £500,000 for his services only 7 months ago, a fee nine times that was always going to force Peterborough’s hand. Coupled with the fact that Ferguson’s side will have to contend with League One football this coming season.
Gayle told Crystal Palaces official club site on signing for the Eagles: “I’m ecstatic really. I just want to get pre-season started now. The chance came and I had to grab it because I might not get another chance. To be playing in the Premier League from where I’ve come from is a big achievement really.
“I’m just really looking forward to it and hopefully I can take the opportunity with both hands and do well.”
On working with Ian Holloway Gayle was equally enthusiastic. He said: “Ian Holloway is a good manager and for him to point out my talent and my ability is a good feeling. I just hope I can repay him with goals for the club and help them stay in the Premier League.
“He’s built a very attacking side, which is what you need really. You need to score goals to win games to keep you up and to win trophies, which he proved last season.”
And the youngster is leaving Peterborough with the blessing of chairman Darragh MacAnthony who tweeted;: “Just want to wish Dwight Gayle all the best in scaring the life out of Prem League defenders for Crystal Palace. What a signing for them!”
Gayle started his career at Arsenal as a youth player but was released as a teenager. However he truly came to prominence after signing for Stansted in 2009 where his prolific goal scoring caught the attention of Dagenham & Redbridge who he joined in 2011, spending two years at Victoria Road before moving to Peterborough.
Whilst untested at the highest level, Gayle will bring pace and power to Palace’s front line and he will be hoping to substabtially contribute to the survival of the South London club. After yesterdays signing of Stephen Dobbie, Ian Holloway has started to make considerable inroads into shaping his front line, ahead of the start of the new season.