Dwight Gayle

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Dwight Gayle
Dwight Gayle.jpg
Gayle playing for Peterborough United in 2012
Personal information
Full name Dwight Devon Boyd Gayle[1]
Date of birth (1989-10-17) 17 October 1989 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Walthamstow, England
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace
Number 16
Youth career
Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Stansted
2011–2013 Dagenham & Redbridge 18 (7)
2011–2012 Bishop's Stortford (loan) 42 (29)
2012–2013 Peterborough United (loan) 9 (7)
2013 Peterborough United 20 (6)
2013– Crystal Palace 28 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:09, 11 October 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Dwight Devon Boyd Gayle (born 17 October 1989) is an English footballer who plays for Crystal Palace as a striker.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Gayle was born in Walthamstow, London.[3] He started his career in the youth team of Arsenal[4] but was released as a teenager. In 2009 he joined Stansted, where he went on to score 57 goals in the 2010–11 season.[5]

Dagenham & Redbridge[edit]

In the summer of 2011 he signed for Football League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge. In August 2011, he was immediately sent out on loan to Conference North side Bishop's Stortford on a season-long loan.[6] He then signed his professional contract in July 2012, on a three-year contract after scoring 42 goals for Bishop's Stortford.[7] He made his professional debut for the Daggers on 18 August 2012, in a 2–0 defeat to Cheltenham Town.

Peterborough United[edit]

In November 2012 Gayle joined Peterborough United on loan with Peterborough having the option of making his move permanent in January 2013.[8] His Peterborough debut came on 24 November as a 53rd-minute substitute for Saido Berahino in a 1–1 away draw with Ipswich Town.[9] Gayle's first Peterborough goal was on 1 December 2012. Picking-up a poor backpass by Blackpool's Alex Baptiste he scored what was only a consolation goal in Peterborough's 4–1 home defeat.[10] Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson said of Gayle "He listens. He picks up things quickly, which is always a sign of a good player. He's going to be a really good player the boy".[11]

On 24 December 2012, he agreed to sign permanently for Peterborough after a successful loan spell scoring five goals in six games. He joined on 2 January 2013 on a four-and-a-half-year contract for a fee of £500,000 which could rise to £750,000.[12] On 2 March 2013, he scored a hat-trick in a 3–2 win against Blackburn Rovers.[13]

Crystal Palace[edit]

On 3 July 2013, Gayle signed a four-year contract for newly promoted Premier League club Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee, inheriting the number 16 shirt from Wilfried Zaha. His former club Dagenham & Redbridge received £1m of the initial transfer fee plus 20% of any extra payments made due to a sell-on clause added when he signed for Peterborough United.[14][15] He made his Palace debut playing 90 minutes home against Tottenham Hotspur on 18 August 2013 in a 0–1 loss.[16] On 31 August 2013, Gayle scored his first goal for the club and his first in the Premier League by successfully converting a penalty against Sunderland that he won due to a foul by John O'Shea.[17] On 5 October, he scored in a 3–1 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield.[18] On boxing day, he scored the only goal in a 1–0 away win against Aston Villa at the end of the game in added time[19] although, in part due to injury, he found first team appearance opportunities limited for the remainder of the season.[20] He returned towards the end of the season scoring 2 goals in a come back to 3–3 (Palace having been 0–3 down) in a home draw against Liverpool, which effectively ended their chances of the League title, following this match he scored another two goals in the final game of the season against Fulham at Craven Cottage.[21]

On 26 August 2014, Gayle scored his first hat-trick for Crystal Palace, scoring three times in the first-half to give Palace a comfortable 3–0 win over Walsall in the second round of the Capital One Cup.[22]

Style of play[edit]

He is described as an 'energetic, hardworking, pacy and strong striker'.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 11 October 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bishop's Stortford (loan) 2011–12[23] Conference North 42 29 3 1 10[a] 12 55 42
Dagenham & Redbridge 2012–13[24] League Two 18 7 1 0 0 0 1[b] 0 20 7
Peterborough United (loan) 2012–13[24] Championship 9 7 0 0 0 0 9 7
Peterborough United 2012–13[24] Championship 20 6 0 0 0 0 20 6
Total 29 13 0 0 0 0 29 13
Crystal Palace 2013–14[25] Premier League 23 7 2 1 0 0 25 8
2014–15[25] Premier League 5 1 0 0 2 4 7 5
Total 28 8 2 1 1 3 32 13
Career total 117 57 6 2 1 3 11 12 136 75
  1. ^ Three appearances and one goal in FA Trophy, two appearances and two goals in Herts Charity Cup, five appearances and nine goals in Herts Senior Cup
  2. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 23. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Crystal Palace FC Player Profiles". Crystal Palace F.C. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 474. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  4. ^ "Gayle goes Posh". The Sun (London). 29 October 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Player Profile". Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gayle Joins Blues on Season-Long Loan". Pitchero. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Dagenham & Redbridge striker Dwight Gayle extends contract". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Dwight Gayle joins Peterborough United from Dagenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ipswich 1–1 Peterborough United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Peterborough United 1–4 Blackpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  11. ^ Plane, Darren. "Darren Ferguson looks to secure Dwight Gayle signing". www.sportsmole.co.uk. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Posh confirm permanent Gayle deal". BBC Sport. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Blackburn 2–3 Peterborough" BBC Sport. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  14. ^ "Gayle Completes Palace Switch". www.cpfc.co.uk. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Crystal Palace sign Dwight Gayle from Peterborough United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Gayle makes Premier League debut for Palace against Spurs as old team Stansted draw in FA Cup". www.hertsandessexobserver.co.uk. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Crystal Palace 3–1 Sunderland" BBC Sport. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  18. ^ "Liverpool 3–1 Crystal Palace" BBC Sport. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  19. ^ "Aston Villa 0–1 Crystal Palace" BBC Sport. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013
  20. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/crystal-palaces-relegation-fight-hit-3285193
  21. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2621511/Dwight-Gayle-set-Crystal-Palace-exit-despite-heroics-against-Liverpool.html
  22. ^ "Walsall 0–3 Crystal Palace: Dwight Gayle fires in a hat-trick to cruise past League One side in the Capital One Cup". Daily Mail. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Dwight Gayle in 2011/2012 for Bishop's Stortford". Bishop's Stortford. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  24. ^ a b c "Games played by Dwight Gayle in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  25. ^ a b "Games played by Dwight Gayle in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 

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