Why Crystal Palace could regret their decision to let Dwight Gayle leave for Bristol City

Crystal Palace could be making a mistake in their attempts to force a Dwight Gayle exit...

According to the Daily Mail, Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle faces becoming a first-team outcast if he does not accept a move to Bristol City.

Reports suggest that the London outfit have accepted a remarkable bid from City worth up to £8million on Monday, but the forward is somewhat reluctant to move to the Championship club and has expressed his views to the Palace hierarchy.

In light of the latest news suggesting that the club are forcing the 24-year-old into an exit, are they making a mistake?

The statistics suggest, yes.

Only Papiss Cisse (6), Victor Anichebe and Loic Remy (5 each) have scored more Premier League goals as a substitute than the Palace striker since his top-flight debut, which poses the question, why are the club allowing him to leave?

Gayle is a player with clear ability in front of goal, as he has shown throughout his stay at Selhurst Park. Surely his record from the bench makes him a perfect option for bringing on in the latter stages of a match - at the very least.

Furthermore, despite starting just 19 games during his two seasons with Palace, he has finished each campaign as the club's highest scoring player in all competitions.

Having netted on eight occasions during the 2013/14 campaign and 10 throughout the 2014/15 season, he is clearly proven at the highest level and is a capable Premier League frontman.

Alan Pardew may have bolstered his side's attack with the addition of Connor Wickham and Patrick Bamford over the summer months, but selling the man who has scored more goals than any other player since his arrival is a decision the club may ultimately regret.

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