New Palace signing has ‘lots to do’ to make team

Date published: Thursday 1st October 2015 12:13 - Mark Holmes

Dwight Gayle: Pardew cools reports he could be sold

Alan Pardew has heaped praise on Dwight Gayle but warned new boy Jason Lokilo is a long way off joining the striker in the Crystal Palace team.

Gayle was a target for both Norwich and Bristol City in the transfer window but stayed at Selhurst Park to fight for his place.

The 24-year-old grabbed a hat-trick in the 4-1 Capital One Cup win at Charlton and impressed when drafted into the attack for the Premier League game against Watford, where Palace won 1-0.

Pardew indicated Gayle would be in his plans for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off against West Brom, when former Eagles boss Tony Pulis returns to Selhurst Park.

However, when asked whether the player was set for a new deal, Pardew said: “It’s not something I’m aware of.

“We obviously have to keep an eye on players’ contracts as they run down, but I think we are pretty comfortable where we are.

“Signing Yannick (Bolasie) was a real boost for us and having key players under long contracts bodes well for going forwards.”

The Eagles boss continued: “I was very impressed with him (Gayle) last Sunday. If he had scored two goals he would have been man of the match, and he could have, he was so unlucky with a couple of chances.

“That is what he gives us and he has worked his way into the team.

“He will play on Saturday and hopefully he will score.”

Palace recently signed 17-year-old Lokilo from Anderlecht following some time training with the Under-21s.

Pardew feels the Belgian has a promising future but is not expecting to throw him into first-team action any time soon.

“Jason is a young player that we brought from abroad, he has fantastic technical ability,” Pardew said.

“He has lots to do to threaten our first team, but he is a smiley boy so we hope he does well here.”

Pardew, meanwhile, has expressed his surprise that Palace’s win at Watford flew under the radar last weekend.

“We want to boss games. I don’t think we get enough credit for the Watford win. No one had scored or won there, we did both!” Pardew said.

“I try to win the game, some times away from home against the top teams, the territory becomes the opposition’s.”

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