Dwight Gayle

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Dwight Gayle
Dwight Gayle.jpg
Gayle playing for Peterborough United in 2012
Personal information
Full nameDwight Devon Boyd Gayle[1]
Date of birth(1990-10-20) 20 October 1990 (age 23)[2]
Place of birthWalthamstow, England
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubCrystal Palace
Number16
Youth career
Arsenal
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2009–2011Stansted?(?)
2011–2013Dagenham & Redbridge18(7)
2011–2012Bishop's Stortford (loan)42(29)
2012–2013Peterborough United (loan)9(7)
2013Peterborough United20(6)
2013–Crystal Palace20(3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:11, 24 February 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
 
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Dwight Gayle
Dwight Gayle.jpg
Gayle playing for Peterborough United in 2012
Personal information
Full nameDwight Devon Boyd Gayle[1]
Date of birth(1990-10-20) 20 October 1990 (age 23)[2]
Place of birthWalthamstow, England
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubCrystal Palace
Number16
Youth career
Arsenal
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2009–2011Stansted?(?)
2011–2013Dagenham & Redbridge18(7)
2011–2012Bishop's Stortford (loan)42(29)
2012–2013Peterborough United (loan)9(7)
2013Peterborough United20(6)
2013–Crystal Palace20(3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:11, 24 February 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Dwight Devon Boyd Gayle (born 20 October 1990) 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 win against Aston Villa at the end of the game in added time.[19]

Style of play[edit]

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

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 24 February 2014.
ClubSeasonLeagueFA CupLeague CupOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Dagenham & Redbridge2011–12[20]League Two0000000000
2012–13[21]League Two18710001[a]0207
Total187100010207
Bishop's Stortford (loan)2011–12[22]Conference North42293110[b]125542
Peterborough United2012–13[21]Championship291300002913
Crystal Palace2013–14[23]Premier League2032100224
Career total109526200111212666
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 23. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Player Profile". Crystal Palace F.C. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  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. ^ "Games played by Dwight Gayle in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  21. ^ a b "Games played by Dwight Gayle in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Dwight Gayle in 2011/2012 for Bishop's Stortford". Bishop's Stortford. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Dwight Gayle in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 

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