Dwight Gayle was unveiled as Newcastle’s second signing of the summer, then closely followed by Bournemouth’s Matt Ritchie.
The now former Palace striker wasn’t really given a proper run in the team during his three seasons at Selhurst Park, starting 27 Premier League matches and coming off the bench in another 37.
Despite this he has an impressive goals per minutes ratio.
Now that the deal has gone through, we wondered how Crystal Palace fans would react, especially when Dwight Gayle has been allowed to leave and Alan Pardew prefers to keep Connor Wickham.
I must admit I was surprised at the almost total absence of bitchy comments, which is often a case when a player leaves, no matter what the circumstances of his departure.
On top of that, the usual antagonism between Newcastle and Palace supporters over Alan Pardew has also seemingly been pushed to once side.
Even the Crystal Palace fans who aren’t quite as positive as others, mostly seem to think Dwight Gayle is set to score a minimum of 20 goals this coming season.
In fact half of them sound like they will be forming a queue at the bookies to back Gayle to be top scorer in the Championship.
Let’s hope their instincts are proved right.
We went to the top Crystal Palace fans message board and this is what visitors to Holmesdale.net have had to say.
‘Good luck to the kid, he’s gone to a club with great historic pedigree and if he starts scoring for Newcastle he will become a legend for them.’
‘Newcastle fans should be delighted. They got themselves a real gem there. Hard worker, young, potential and ability. If he is used correctly it could greatly benefit both Dwight and Newcastle. I’m sad to see him go but I wish him all the best. A good fresh start for the lad.’
‘That’s in doubt if you ask Mssrs Pardew, Pulis, Warnock and Holloway.’
‘Smart move all round that WILL develop both players concerned. I’m delighted that Dwight has gone to a club like Newcastle as despite Championship status, expectations of immediate promotion will be immense , and that challenge in itself for The Toon faithful will help nurture and push his game on. Time will tell that in the big league and in the bigger picture, that Dwight’s best is yet to come….but it will because it can.’
‘In the cold hard light of day getting Townsend for 3 million is fantastic business whichever way you look at it.
A player who has scored goals up to and including international level, against one who has scored (for whatever reason) 5 goals a season.
I wish Dwight Gayle all the success he deserves. But I would have done that deal in a heartbeat.’
‘Long term he wasn’t the answer for us but I reckon if Newcastle use him in the right way and often enough, he could easily hit 20-25 in a season.’
‘I’ll be backing him for Championship top scorer next season if it looks as though he’ll be Newcastle’s main striker, his scoring record for us has been fantastic.
Though the goals per appearance stat is fairly modest at around 1 in 4, it is slightly misleading given how often he came on as a sub. Perhaps a fairer stat is minutes per goal which in his case is 138. To put that in context, Vardy scored every 131 minutes in the league last season.
Good luck to him, shame he didn’t quite have the all round game to prosper in our system.’
‘That includes the goals he always banged in against the sh*te teams in the league cup.
Prem is not as great – 15 in 2735 premier league minutes – 182 mins per goal. Not bad but not as prolific as some make out.
Should do well for Newcastle, just unfortunate that it’s very difficult to play 443 in the Prem these days.’
‘Unbelievable bit of business.
Dwight was never a proper Prem quality striker but thanks for 3-3 and the Villa and Burnley goals. You will do very well in The Championship. Twenty goals easily. I’m glad he is gone tbh.’
‘Good luck and hope all goes well for you in Newcastle, just keep off the Brown Ale….its a killer.’
‘Was a fan of Dwight but at the end of the day it’s good business for us, I’m sure he will do very well next season, will never forget that 3-3 with the scousers good luck Dwight !!’
‘Good luck to Dwight. He gave us some truly memorable moments. I think this probably works well for him and us.’
‘In my opinion, this player is a true box man who has an innate and phenomenal eye for goal.
In the Championship I’m thinking that a bet for him to be top scorer looks the deal here. I agree that he’s capable of scoring any amount given the squad, the manager and a sympathetic system. I don’t know what odds you’ll get but I’m having a look.’
‘Shame we have sold Dwight Gayle as I don’t think he really got the run that he deserved.
Hope he does really well and I for one will be keeping tabs on him. Not keen on looking out for NUFC results but never mind.’
‘I have always said that Gayle could be a revelation in the Championship. This could be a terrific signing for Newcastle.’
‘Not a massive fan of NUFC but I hope he bags them an insane number of goals. Hat-tricks home and away against Brighton would be nice.’
‘Best of luck to him. He’ll rip up the championship with some good service.
We never played the style of play that suits his game so he became a bit part player which is a shame, I’d like to have seen what he could do with a set-up that suits him.’
‘He won’t be top scorer next season I don’t think.
What’s with everyone going on like he’s world class, he looked good for us because we had no other strikers who could score a goal.
Good luck to him but £10 mill for a player who doesn’t suit us? Fantastic bit of business.’
‘No one is saying he is ‘World Class’.
And after Monday Night all Englishman would agree we have NONE.
What they are saying is in a two up front he will do very well.’
‘Good deal all round, he should be back in the Prem soon, he’ll score loads for NUFC and we get a very good sum of money out of it which almost wipes out the Townsend fee.’
‘Just a shame that he generally seemed to find the net in the insignificant games at the end of the season or in the cup. Hopefully NUFC will find a way to get him going for a full season and he’ll hit his potential.’
‘I think he’ll do very well at Newcastle in the Championship. I remember when we got promoted and I was thinking about (realistic) wish lists of players for us to sign, he was top of the list – and then he signed. I was delighted.
Good luck to him – in a front 2 I think he will get an absolute $hitload in that league with good service.’
‘All the best to the lad, I just hope it doesn’t come back and bite us on the arse.’