Newcastle signing Dwight Gayle has set himself his first target, as a ‘first stage’ saying he wants to get to 20 goals as quickly as possibly next season.

Many Crystal Palace fans have tipped the departing striker to be the Championship’s top scorer and his eye for goal and pace, may mean that after a 12 month wait Newcastle now have the perfect partner for Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Dwight Gayle had an excellent goals per minutes ratio at Crystal Palace, the only problem being that he didn’t get enough minutes in his three years at Selhurst Park.

Arriving at Palace at the age of 22, Gayle has already hit 49 goals in 85 league starts (plus four as sub) in the lower divisions, so all the signs are that if Rafa Benitez can get him into scoring positions, the new signing will score goals.

The striker says that he finds it hard to see Newcastle being anywhere but towards the top of the Championship and now just can’t wait to help them achieve that with his goals and all round game.

Saying he just wants to ‘crack on now’, Dwight Gayle is still reminding himself of how lucky he is to have signed for Newcastle United, saying ‘If you’d have told me I’d be signing for Newcastle…I’d probably have laughed and told you were a liar’.

Dwight Gayle talking to the Croydon Advertiser:

“You want to get to the 20 mark and that’s the first stage you want to get to.

“You go into each game trying to score but the main aim is just to get promoted.

“It’s a massive club, and I don’t see Newcastle not being at the top of the table of there or thereabouts. I’m looking forward to it and hopefully I can help push the team that way with my goals and my performances.

“If you’d have told me I’d be signing for Newcastle…I’d probably have laughed and told you were a liar, but to finally be here, on the route I’ve come, is a great achievement.

“I just want to crack on now, perform, and get the goals to push the club back up.

“I’m ecstatic really. It’s amazing to be at a big club like Newcastle and to come from where I’ve come is just a dream come true.

“From Stansted I signed for Dagenham and went on loan to Bishop’s Stortford. I had a great season there and I loved it, thoroughly enjoyed my time there.

“The next season I joined Dagenham and started well there again. I pushed on to Peterborough and had a great time in the Championship, and then went on to Palace, where I’ve been for the last three years.

“Coming the route I did makes it that bit more special. I appreciate it that bit more. When I go back to see some mates and go back to watch my old teams, you just notice how far you’ve come, and that’s when you really cherish it that bit more.”

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