Is it time for Alan Pardew to trust Dwight Gayle again?

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace should call upon Dwight Gayle in the coming days.

Palace are struggling in front of goal, with Alan Pardew choosing to play a strikerless system in recent weeks due to the absence of Connor Wickham

The summer signing from Sunderland is currently out injured, and it is clear that Pardew does not trust Patrick Bamford, whilst Glenn Murray was sold to Bournemouth over the summer.

This has led Pardew to utilise Yannick Bolasie as a lone striker in recent games, playing four attacking midfielders instead of a natural forward. Whilst a bold move, it has not worked well, and Palace have failed to hit the back of the net in consecutive games, despite playing a very attacking system.

Now that the League Cup is here, with Palace taking on Championship side Charlton, Pardew should seriously consider showing faith in one of the strikers he has cast out from his first-team squad.

Dwight Gayle is an incredibly talented goalscorer, but he has found himself out of the running under Pardew, playing just three games this term, and having yet to start a Premier League fixture.

Even Frazier Campbell - who was earmarked for a summer exit - has been utilised ahead of him, but it is time Pardew selected Gayle due to his natural instincts in front of goal.

Easing him back into action against Charlton would be a good way to ensure Gayle can work his way back up to match fitness, whilst also assessing whether he is ready to make the step up to the Premier League at the weekend.

Pardew needs a striker to call upon in his starting XI, and with Gayle sitting wasted on the touchline, there is no better time for him to come back into the first-team than tonight.

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