Alan Pardew confirms Dwight Gayle will play for Crystal Palace against West Brom

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace take on West Bromwich Albion in Premier League action at the weekend.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has confirmed at his press conference on Thursday - covered by the club's official Twitter account - that Dwight Gayle will play against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. 

Gayle has found his first-team opportunities limited so far this season, with the likes of Yannick Bolasie, Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako all being utilised up front ahead of him.

However, the 24-year-old was handed a start in the Eagles' 1-0 win over Watford last weekend, and Pardew has seen enough to keep the striker in his team for their next match.

Gayle's performance against Watford was a positive one, but he may feel that he was rather short of his best form.

The former Peteborough United man went into the game having netted a hat-trick against Charlton Athletic in the Capital One Cup, but he did not look particularly sharp at Vicarage Road. 

Gayle missed a golden opportunity to score, when his shot from 12 yards went over, but thankfully a Yohan Cabaye penalty saved his blushes and provided Palace with the three points.

If he does start against West Brom, he will be hoping to show a more ruthless touch in front of goal, as the pressure will be on him with the likes of Patrick Bamford, Connor Wickham and Frazier Campbell waiting in the wings to fill his boots. 

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