Aston Villa’s problems throughout last season have been well documented and it was no surprise whatsoever to anyone that the Villans suffered relegation from the Premier League without putting up much of a fight.
Rather than wallowing in self pity though, a big club like Villa needs to get back on its feet as soon as possible and in order to do so, the Midlands based outfit surely have to strengthen their disjointed squad.
Having managed a pitiful 27 goals last season, bringing in a prolific striker will be a priority if Villa are to challenge for promotion next season and Crystal Palace star Dwight Gayle would perhaps be the perfect signing.
Many might feel that prolific and Gayle cannot go in the same sentence and given his record of 25 goals in 73 appearances, it is perhaps hard to argue with the notion.
However if we look beyond the stats, it is clear to see that current Palace manager Alan Pardew and the likes of Tony Pulis and Neil Warnock have grossly underused Gayle’s talents.
Gayle certainly knows his way to goal and his time at Peterborough United a couple of years ago should serve as testament to this fact. Even if we analyze Gayle’s time at Selhurst Park, his 25 goals have come in only 3417 minutes of action on the pitch –equating to around a goal every 136 minutes, which is not half bad.
In addition, Gayle’s tremendous pace could well prove to be the perfect foil for the physical presence of Rudy Gestede and the striker’s arrival can actually allow Villa to get rid of Gabriel Agbonlahor.
What makes Gayle so attractive to Villa is the fact that he simply does not have the faith of Pardew and Palace will surely be keen on cashing in on the striker this summer, especially with his contract set to expire in 2017.
Palace have also been linked with the high profile names such as Simone Zaza and Saido Berahino, probably due to the financial backing received from sponsors MansionCasino who own brands such as Casino.com and keeping hold of Gayle would not make sense for the Eagles – paving the way for Villa to sign the 25-year-old on a cut price deal.