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Palace boss Pulis doesn't believe Gayle ready for Premier League

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis doesn't believe Dwight Gayle is ready for the Premier League.

Ian Holloway spent big in the summer on the former carpenter who was playing non-league football with Bishop's Stortford last year. The former boss said Gayle was "our first target" - and compared him to Ian Wright.

But Pulis, who must find a new partner for Cameron Jerome, said: "We have got Gaylie who can play up there - we are a little bit short.

"Gayle has been all right - genuinely there have been no problems. I think it is a very big ask to get a kid who was playing non-league football only a year ago to go and play straight in the Premier League. Such a young lad as well. That is a big, big call.

"He has a role to play. It is difficult because of the position you are in when you are up against it a little bit, to get young players to carry the flag for you, it is very difficult."

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