Goal Singapore EPL Player of the Week: Dwight Gayle

The Crystal Palace striker struck a brace for the second game running to end his debut Premier League on a high, having been playing eight tiers below just four years ago

In August 2011, Dwight Gayle was playing in the Conference North for Bishop Stotford on loan from League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge. On Sunday night, he struck twice for Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

It is a remarkable rise for the 23-year-old, who ended his debut top-flight campaign with seven goals after netting a brace against Fulham in a 2-2 draw in their final game of the season.

A week earlier, Gayle had also scored twice against Liverpool as Palace staged a stunning fightback from 3-0 down to draw 3-3, virtually ending the Reds' title hopes. It was the second time he had netted against the Reds, having scored in a 3-1 defeat earlier on in the season.

Gayle had found first-team chances limited after scoring thrice in the first half of the season, but has responded superbly in recent times after being given a run in team by Tony Pulis.

His double against Fulham was well-taken, with a striker's instinct to be in the right place at the right time to slot home the first, before curling in a superb free-kick from distance. Gayle was also the only player to score more than once over the weekend in the league.

For his fairytale rise and goalscoring exploits, Gayle is the deserved winner of the last Goal Singapore EPL Player of the Week award for 2013/14.