Crystal Palace don’t have the best record in the transfer market in terms of incomings, with big-money arrivals such as Christian Benteke and Mamadou Sakho failing to find their best form at Selhurst Park, but the hierarchy has a much better history when it comes to sales.
The likes of Yannick Bolasie, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Alexander Sorloth have all been offloaded for huge sums in recent years, allowing the capital club to overhaul their previously ageing first-team squad over the summer.
And another player who departed Palace for a relatively substantial fee was Dwight Gayle. The diminutive striker joined Newcastle United in a £10.8 million deal back in 2016 after three underwhelming years in south London.
In 74 appearances for Palace, the Englishman bagged just 25 goals and provided only three assists, highlighting his limited impact for the club.
Gayle was an initial success at St. James’ Park notching up a remarkable 23 strikes in 32 Championship outings for the Magpies, firing them back to the top-flight of English football at the first time of asking.
However, he failed to carry that sort of form into the Premier League. He recorded just nine goal contributions in 35 league games throughout 2017/18, leading to Salomon Rondon’s arrival the following summer.
A season-long loan move to West Bromwich Albion then revived Gayle’s career as he once again inspired a promotion push from England’s second-tier with 23 goals and eight assists in 39 Championship appearances for the Baggies, but it appears that is his level.
Upon his return to Newcastle, Gayle has only started 14 Premier League games since the start of 2019/20, contributing just five goals and three assists to a struggling side.
His struggles at the elite level has seen his market value plummet to £3.6m, proving Palace chairman Steve Parish was right to get rid of the forward when he did, earning the Eagles a healthy payday.