Dwight Gayle

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Dwight Gayle
Dwight Gayle 2017.jpg
Gayle playing for Newcastle United in 2017
Personal information
Full name Dwight Devon Boyd Gayle[1]
Date of birth (1989-10-17) 17 October 1989 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Walthamstow, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.74 m)[3]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
West Bromwich Albion
(on loan from Newcastle United)
Number 16
Youth career
0000–2007 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Ryan
2009–2011 Stansted
2011–2013 Dagenham & Redbridge 18 (7)
2011–2012Bishop's Stortford (loan) 42 (29)
2012–2013Peterborough United (loan) 9 (7)
2013 Peterborough United 20 (6)
2013–2016 Crystal Palace 64 (15)
2016– Newcastle United 67 (29)
2018–West Bromwich Albion (loan) 11 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:31, 7 October 2018 (UTC)

Dwight Devon Boyd Gayle (born 17 October 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for West Bromwich Albion of the Championship, on loan from Premier League club Newcastle United.

Gayle began his career in the Arsenal Academy. After being released as a teenager, over the following seasons he worked his way back up through the English football pyramid via stints at Ryan, Stansted, Bishop's Stortford, Dagenham & Redbridge and Peterborough United, before establishing himself in the Premier League with Crystal Palace. In 2016, he signed for Newcastle United.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Gayle was born in Walthamstow, London.[4] He started his career in the academy of Arsenal[5] but was released as a teenager. In 2007 he dropped down to the Essex Olympian Football League to play for Ryan,[6] before moving up to join Essex Senior League club Stansted in 2009, where he went on to score 57 goals in the 2010–11 season.[7]

Dagenham & Redbridge[edit]

In the summer of 2011, he signed for League Two club Dagenham & Redbridge. In August 2011, he was sent out to Bishop's Stortford on a season-long loan,[8] during which he scored 29 goals in 42 appearances in the Conference North.[9] He then signed a three-year professional contract with Dagenham & Redbridge in July 2012.[10] He made his professional debut for the Daggers on 18 August 2012, in a 2–0 defeat to Cheltenham Town.[11]

Peterborough United[edit]

Gayle playing for Peterborough United in 2012

In November 2012, Gayle joined Peterborough United on loan the club had an option to make the move permanent in January 2013.[12] His Peterborough debut came on 24 November as a 53rd-minute substitute for Saido Berahino in a 1–1 away draw with Ipswich Town.[13] Gayle's first Peterborough goal was on 1 December: he picked up a poor backpass by Blackpool's Alex Baptiste to score what was only a consolation goal in a 4–1 home defeat.[14] 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".[15]

On 24 December, after scoring five goals in six matches during his loan spell, Gayle agreed to sign permanently for Peterborough. 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.[16] On 2 March, he scored a hat-trick in a 3–2 win against Blackburn Rovers.[17]

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, reported as a club record £4.5 million[18] His former club Dagenham & Redbridge received £1 million 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.[19][7] He made his Palace debut playing 90 minutes in a home match against Tottenham Hotspur on 18 August in a 1–0 loss.[20] On 31 August, Gayle scored his first goal for the club and his first in the Premier League by successfully converting a penalty against Sunderland after he was fouled by John O'Shea.[21] On 5 October, he scored in a 3–1 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield.[22] On 25 December, he scored the only goal in a 1–0 away win against Aston Villa in added time at the end of the match.[23] In part due to injury, he found first team appearance opportunities limited for the remainder of the season.[24] He returned towards the end of the season scoring two goals as Palace came back from 3–0 down to draw 3–3 at home to Liverpool, which effectively ended their chances of the League title.[25]

On 26 August 2014, Gayle scored his first hat-trick for Crystal Palace, scoring three times in the first half to give Palace a 3–0 win over Walsall in the second round of the League Cup.[26] Four days later, he scored his first goal of the Premier League season in the opening minute of a 3–3 draw at Newcastle United.[27] On 23 November, Gayle scored in the home fixture against Liverpool for the second consecutive season as Palace defeated the Merseyside team 3–1.[28] On 4 January, Gayle scored his first goal of 2015 in a 4–0 win over Dover Athletic in the third round of the FA Cup. He then scored three goals in the team's next two matches; a 2–1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur and a 3–2 defeat of Burnley at Turf Moor.[29][30] Gayle ended the season as top scorer in all competitions for Crystal Palace, despite, like the season before, struggling to hold down a consistent place in the starting eleven.[31]

On 11 August 2015, Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill confirmed that Crystal Palace had accepted an undisclosed bid for Gayle.[32] On 15 August, the transfer broke down as it was confirmed that Bristol City were no longer interested in signing Gayle.[33] Gayle failed to hold down a regular first-team place, due to a series of injuries throughout the season.[34] On 12 April 2016, Gayle signed a contract with Crystal Palace to keep him at the club until 2019.[35] On 7 May 2016, the penultimate match of the season, Gayle scored two goals in a 2–1 victory over Stoke City to confirm Crystal Palace's safety in the Premier League. For the third season in a row Gayle, despite being unable to hold down a consistent place in the team, finished the season as top scorer in all competitions for Crystal Palace.[36]

Newcastle United[edit]

On 1 July 2016, Gayle signed a five-year contract for newly relegated Championship club Newcastle United.[37] He made his debut for the club on 5 August, in a 1–0 defeat to Fulham.[38] He scored his first goal for the club on 13 August, in a 2–1 defeat to Huddersfield Town. After having his spot kick saved, he scored from the rebound with his head.[39] Gayle would score in the next two matches for Newcastle, with a brace in a 4–1 win over Reading,[40] and the only goal of the game against Bristol City.[41] It was not until over a month later when he found the net again, scoring a hat-trick against Norwich City, coming back from 3–1 down to win 4–3 in stoppage time.[42] During October, Gayle scored braces in consecutive victories against Brentford[43] and Barnsley,[44] and on 20 November, Gayle scored another brace, this time against Leeds United.[45] On 10 December, Gayle scored a hat-trick against Birmingham City.[46] He would later score in matches against Burton Albion and Nottingham Forest, ending 2016 as the league's top scorer with 19 goals.[47][48]

On 14 January 2017, Gayle scored the opening goal in an eventual 2–1 win over Brentford, and in doing so, became the first Newcastle player since Alan Shearer to score 20 league goals in a season. A few minutes later however, he sustained a hamstring injury, and had to be substituted off.[49] This injury kept him out for the next four matches; he would make his return against Norwich City,[50] and started the match against Aston Villa, but once again, had to leave the pitch early.[51] It would become a recurring problem for Gayle, and on three occasions from February to April, he had to be substituted off in the first half.[52][53][54] Unsurprisingly, his goal tally also suffered, as he scored twice during this period, netting against Huddersfield Town and Wigan Athletic.[55][56] Gayle was absent for the rest of April, and made his return on the final day of the season, scoring in a 3–0 win over Barnsley, as Newcastle edged out Brighton & Hove Albion by a point to win the Championship.[57]

On 18 November 2017, Gayle scored the opening goal in an eventual 4–1 loss to Manchester United. His goal was the first that the Red Devils had conceded from open play since 31 December 2016.[58] On 2 December, Gayle again scored the opening goal, this time, in a 3–1 loss to Chelsea.[59] On 9 December, Gayle was involved in both Newcastle goals in a 3–2 loss to Leicester City, assisting Joselu for the first and then scoring the equaliser.[60] In the second half of the season, Gayle remained a first team regular, but only scored three more goals for Newcastle – a brace against AFC Bournemouth in a 2–2 draw on 24 February 2018,[61] and a goal against Chelsea in a 3–0 win, the final day of the season.[62]

West Bromwich Albion (loan)[edit]

On 6 August 2018, Gayle joined newly relegated Championshiop club West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan deal from Newcastle. The deal included Salomón Rondón going the other way for the 2018–19 season.[63] On 11 August, Gayle drew a foul from his former Newcastle teammate Tim Krul, now of Norwich City, with the resulting penalty scored by Jay Rodriguez.[64] On 18 August, Gayle scored his first goal for the club, the fourth goal in a emphatic 7–1 win over Queens Park Rangers. He was also the fouled player for both of Rodriguez's penalties.[65]

Style of play[edit]

He is described as an "energetic, hardworking, pacey striker" and a "natural finisher".[12]

Personal life[edit]

Gayle is of Jamaican descent through his father.[66][67]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 6 October 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bishop's Stortford 2011–12[68] Conference North 42 29 3 1 10[a] 12 55 42
Dagenham & Redbridge 2012–13[11] League Two 18 7 1 0 0 0 1[b] 0 20 7
Peterborough United 2012–13[11] Championship 29 13 29 13
Crystal Palace 2013–14[69] Premier League 23 7 2 1 0 0 25 8
2014–15[29] Premier League 25 5 2 1 2 4 29 10
2015–16[70] Premier League 16 3 1 0 3 4 20 7
Total 64 15 5 2 5 8 74 25
Newcastle United 2016–17[71] Championship 32 23 0 0 2 0 34 23
2017–18[72] Premier League 35 6 2 0 0 0 37 6
Total 67 29 2 0 2 0 71 29
West Bromwich Albion (loan) 2018–19[73] Championship 11 8 0 0 1 0 12 8
Career total 231 101 11 3 8 8 11 12 261 124
  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

Honours[edit]

Crystal Palace

Newcastle United

Individual

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