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Crystal Palace fan Q&A: Dwight Gayle to kick on next season

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In the build-up to the new Premier League season, the Advertiser has spoken to a number of our newspaper and website columnists to get their views on the new campaign. This week, we have James Sandford, who believes Dwight Gayle is going to get even better next season. Which fixture(s) did you look out for first when they came out in June? With it being my birthday, I always look out for the New Year's Day game, so a trip to Birmingham for Villa away is on the cards. I also look for the Boxing Day game, as football around Christmas is what makes our league special.Which away fixture are you most looking forward to? Aside from the Villa game, I'd love to get to Southampton in the midweek fixture. It's a ground close to where I live and I've got a few family members who are Saints fans. Plus it's a ground I've never visited so would be another one ticked off the list.And what was your best away day experience last season? Due to not having enough membership points I was unable to get away anywhere last season. I guess that is a testament to our loyal and unwavering fan base as I tried on a few occasions. How do you think Leicester City, Burnley and QPR will do next season? Personally I think all three will struggle. QPR perhaps have the best chance of keeping their place thanks to Harry's little black book of contacts. I can't see Burnley or Leicester scoring enough goals to win games, unless they strengthen. Saying all that though, we were written off before a ball was kicked and look how that ended up! Which Palace player(s) are you most excited about for the new season? I think this season will be the year the Dwight Gayle signing comes to fruition. We saw towards the end of last season what he is capable of, so hopefully we are in for more of the same. I am also looking forward to seeing whether Joel Ward can kick on and get himself recognised on an international level. Are you going to any pre-season matches, first team and/or U21 games? I will be popping along to the development sides game against Havant and Waterlooville as it's only half an hour down the road! Where can the Eagles finish next season – can you finish higher than 11th? I think the second season syndrome may kick in and we will have a tough season on our hands. Teams now know what they are going to get with Pulis' Palace, so will have formulated new plans to break us down. That being said, with a few additions I'm confident we will retain our Premier League status. I'm going for 16th above Hull, West Brom, Leicester and Burnley.Which positions does Tony Pulis need to strengthen in? The obvious one is at left full back. Signing someone to play there will allow Joel Ward to revert back to the right hand side and make the back four even stronger. I would also like us to sign a goal scoring version of Cameron Jerome. Do you have an eye on any particular players you'd like to see sign for Palace? I've enjoyed watching the World Cup and a few players have caught my eye. I would love to see us sign Joel Campbell on loan as he's really impressed during the tournament. In terms of a left back, I think Ryan Bertrand from Chelsea would be an excellent acquisition. I did want Aaron Cresswell but he's gone to West Ham. Is there anything you'd like to see introduced or improved at Selhurst on a matchday? It might be nice not having the battle to go for a half-time toilet break all the time, so more facilities like that would help. Also I used to really enjoy popping a few quid on the game from inside the ground so I'd like to see the owners bring back the bookmaker stands.

Crystal Palace fan Q&A: Dwight Gayle to kick on next season


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