Palace star explains how Pardew's new role for him has helped

Crystal Palace have played Dwight Gayle in a wide position more recently.

Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle has told South London Today he doesn't mind playing in a more peripheral role, as it allows him to sneak in unnoticed.

Gayle was utilised as a left-winger by Alan Pardew against Arsenal at the weekend and says that he is happy to slot into the side away from his natural position.

The former Peterborough United man is most suited to playing on the shoulder of the last defender, but just having the opportunity to be on the pitch is clearly satisfying him at the moment.

"Going wide allows me not to be picked up by the centre-backs when I’m coming in - I’m unsighted and can sneak in," he said. "I can help the team out with goals and crosses and getting back in defending."

Gayle has been included in most of Pardew's starting line-ups since he took over and appears to have been made one of the team's key players.

It is no surprise either, given his goals-to-minute ratio and the fact that he looks set to be the club's top goalscorer for the second season running.

Gayle has become a fans' favourite at Selhurst Park, but he still was not receiving much game time under Neil Warnock.

The former Palace boss appeared to feel Gayle didn't have the ability to perform at the highest level and the 24-year-old has benefitted more than most from his departure.

Gayle now has 10 goals for the season and if he can raise that total by a few more between now and the end of the campaign, talk could easily emerge of a potential England call-up.

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