24-year-old Palace star explains what Pardew has done to improve his form

Dwight Gayle was named Crystal Palace's Player of the Month for January.

Dwight Gayle has told Crystal Palace's official site that Alan Pardew has already dedicated a lot of time to helping him rediscover his confidence.

Pardew has made Gayle one of the team's main attacking influences since being appointed, and the 24-year-old striker is certainly appreciating his new manager's methods.

Gayle revealed that Pardew has talked to him on a one-on-one basis to give him belief in his own ability and says he is enjoying his football as a result.

"The gaffer has taken me aside a few times and given me a bit extra confidence in my ability and I'm just trying to go out there and show what I can do," he said. "He wants me to get involved as much as I can and he's keen on getting more goalscorers in the team.

“I thrive on it really, all the boys are playing really well at the moment and each player knows that when they come in they have to do well to stay in the team so it's good."

  GoalsTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttGoal AssistTotal Att AssistAppearancesMins Played
Dwight Gayle 5 26 9 1 13 19 892

The methods that Pardew has been using appear to have worked, with Gayle being one of Palace's most notable performers since he took over.

The former Peterborough United man won the club's Player of the Month award for January and his return of four goals in his last eight games means he is one of the most in-form players in the Premier League.

Gayle now has 10 goals for the season in all competitions and looks well on course to be Palace's top scorer for the second successive season.

It is quite a turnaround for a player whose future was called into question under the previous leadership at the club.

Neil Warnock criticised Gayle publicly in an interview with Sky Sports, but it seems like it will be the clinical front-man who has the last laugh - with his form under Pardew proving that his old manager made a mistake by leaving him out so regularly.

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