According to The Mirror, Norwich City are the latest club to declare an interest in Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle as the new Premier League season rapidly approaches.
The 25-year-old has scored 18 goals in 55 appearances since joining the Eagles in the summer of 2013, but has been unable to maintain a regular starting place under any of the four managers he’s worked under so far, with Glenn Murray having been preferred to him at the back end of the last campaign by Alan Pardew.
Although no club have made an official bid for him as of yet, Gayle has supposedly been on the radar of Bournemouth and Wolves for a number of months, with the Canaries now getting in on the act a few weeks later, with the potential for a place in their starting XI potentially on offer to the former Peterborough man.
Despite the fact that Gayle has never been able to secure a consistent run of games at Selhurst Park, few would deny that when presented with a sight of goal, he is the most clinical finisher at the club by some distance, possessing the goalscoring instincts many attributed to Ian Wright when he first burst onto the scene in SE25 in the same side as our now manager Alan Pardew.
Unfortunately for Dwight, his game doesn’t appear to be well suited to occupying the role of a lone striker, with his inability to impose himself physically on the towering centre-backs throughout the division proving to be a hinderance to his chances of success.
When played the ball to feet, he can be lethal, as he has shown on more than one occasion, but if Pardew doesn’t feel that we will be playing in a manner which will allow him to flourish over the next nine months, he may well sanction his departure before going in search of a frontman with a bigger frame.
There will be plenty, myself included who would be absolutely gutted to see Gayle leave, but depending on the tactical approach we will be looking to employ over the next few years under Pardew, Gayle’s continued presence in the first-team could well be viewed as a square peg in a round hole.
Only time will tell.