Dwight Gayle backed to make impact in Premier League by Ian Holloway
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway is confident Dwight Gayle will handle the step up to the Premier League.
Last Updated: 03/07/13 6:28pm
The 22-year-old, who was with Arsenal as a youngster, was playing in the Essex Senior League with Stansted until 2011.
And he only turned professional with Dagenham and Redbridge 12 months ago after scoring 29 goals during a loan spell at Conference North outfit Bishop's Stortford.
But Gayle then made a major impact last season with 20 goals in total for the Daggers and Peterborough, who he joined initially on loan in November, to catch Holloway's eye.
Holloway said: "I'm absolutely delighted. I was very annoyed when we didn't get him last year, to be honest.
"But now it makes a huge statement for us and it proves that I don't care where I get my people from. I believe it's about how good you're going to be, not just how good you are already.
"I think this fella has got Crystal Palace stamped all over him - the way he moves, the way he chases, the way he works. He's hungry for success and I'm absolutely thrilled that after long conversations we've come up with, I think, a proper Palace player.
"He's got an opportunity now to go and enjoy his football and I think he'll score goals at Premier League level, I really do. He's born to score goals."