Alexander Sørloth may not have made his debut for Crystal Palace during Sunday’s game at home to Newcastle but Eagles boss Roy Hodgson was quick to speak glowingly about the Norwegian striker’s potential when quizzed by the press about his signing in the build-up to the clash with the Magpies.
Still just 22 years old, the 6’4 frontman has clearly made quite an impact in Scandinavia in recent months, leading a number of trusted voices to encourage Roy to pull the trigger and bring him to SE25. Of course, there are still plenty of sceptics who have been quick to pour scorn on the deal but given Hodgson’s long-standing love affair with the clubs that operate in that corner of the globe, I’m inclined to trust his judgement on this occasion.
With only Christian Benteke and Bakary Sako having been available to lead the line since the gaffer first stepped foot in the Selhurst Park dugout back in September, the presence of another out-and-out striker at the training ground will surely provide a boost to the players and coaching staff alike in the months between now and the end of the season.
Whilst it’s wise not to heap too much pressure on the shoulders of a lad who is still so young and lacking in top-level experience, I’ll readily admit to feeling extremely positive about his future with us, after seeing a relative tidal-wave of positive comments from people whose reputation precedes them when it comes to spotting talent.
Had he been thrown into yesterday’s clash against Newcastle in the final few minutes he may well have made an instant goal-scoring impact but I can’t place any blame at the gaffer’s feet for keeping him out of the action at this early stage of his development.
Roy himself said after the game that, having watched the big man in just two training sessions so far, he’d ideally like to give him another week to find his feet before pitting him against Premier League defenders but rest assured, he’ll be given a number of chances to impress in the not too distant future.
I can’t wait to see how he adapts to the English game.