Dwight Gayle has explained to The Chronicle why he joined Newcastle United in the summer transfer window.
The former Peterborough United man has explained his decision to leave Palace for Newcastle.
Gayle has admitted that he did wonder about dropping down a division, but he has stated that the size of Newcastle convinced him to make the switch to St. James’ Park.
“My agent came to me, he said Newcastle were interested,” Gayle told The Chronicle regarding his move from Palace to Newcastle.
“Rafael Benitez was the manager and I spoke to a few ex-players who told me how good of a manager he was to work under and how good a coach he is.
“That drew me to the club and obviously I know how big the club is and how mad people are about the football up here. It was a ‘no brainer’ for me really.
“Maybe there was a little bit at the back of my mind about dropping back down to the Championship, but I was adamant I was coming here. It was the only club for me to join.”
Gayle scored three goals and created eight chances in 16 Premier League appearances for Palace during the 2015-16 season.
During the 2014-15 campaign, the former Peterborough striker scored five goals and created 16 chances in 25 league matches for the Eagles.
Back in 2013-14, Gayle scored four goals and created two chances in six Premier League games for Palace.
Newcastle will be aiming to finish in the top two of the Championship next season and gain automatic promotion back to the Premier League.