Alexander Sørloth’s name came somewhat out of the blue for Palace fans on Deadline Day, with many of our supporters openly admitting to never having heard of the 22-year-old before news of the imminent deal first broke but his father has definitely heard of us before and is over the moon to have seen his son secure a move to the Premier League.
Having moved for Groningen to Midtjylland at the start of the 2017 season, the initial plan has been for the 6’4 frontman to see out the current campaign with the Danish club but given the magnitude of the opportunity facing him at Palace, there was simply no way he or his previous club were going to bat away our interest.
After signing for an initial fee believed to be around the £10 million mark, there remain a huge number of questions surrounding the still inexperienced striker but quite clearly, his dad isn’t overwhelmed by the task he faces and I dare say he isn’t either.
All too often in the modern game, clubs like ours are forced to fight tooth and nail to convince their top transfer targets that they are the right destination for them to develop as players but in Sørloth’s specific case, it’s clear to see that he’s relishing the chance to test himself at a far higher level than he has been playing at of late.
Having already demonstrated his fantastic grasp of the English language, I’d suggest that Alexander will have little to no trouble settling into the squad in the coming days and weeks, hopefully going on to make his first-team debut before too long. Obviously, Roy and the supporters will be keen not to push the youngster too far too soon but his inclusion on the bench against Newcastle hinted that the gaffer doesn’t feel as though he’s too far away from bring ready to participate at this early stage of his stint in south London.
Personally, I think it’s wonderful to see the player’s own father speaking so glowingly about the move and I along with many others I’m sure, am desperately hoping that he can hit the ground running in red and blue.
Watch this space.