Alexander Sørloth’s move from FC Midtjylland to Crystal Palace made waves across Danish football when it was confirmed on Deadline Day and now, the youngster’s career trajectory has provoked his former teammates to hold out hopes of following in his footsteps in the not too distant future.
26-year-old defender Erik Sviatchenko had made a move to Celtic in 2016 after seven years on Midtjylland’s books but after a little under two years with the Glasgow outfit, the Dane found himself out of favour with Brendan Rodgers and was allowed to leave Celtic Park, moving back to his former club on loan.
Of course, at 26, you would assume that Sviatchenko’s chances of making it big in the Premier League are incredibly slim, particularly after being tossed to one side by Celtic but you can’t blame him for accentuating the positives after seeing Sørloth make such a high-profile switch less than a month ago.
Whilst news of Alexander’s arrival at Selhurst Park made minor headlines in the UK, the fact that Sviatchenko literally refers to his chances of “doing a Sørloth” in the above interview offers an insight into how big a deal that transfer was in the Danish media bubble. A record fee for any Danish export, it’s fair to say that many across the league were stunned by the deal, having only seen the striker arrive at Midtjylland during the summer of 2017.
There is obviously an element of risk attached to the transfer from a Palace perspective but given his age, size, goal-scoring record and debut performance up at Goodison Park last weekend, there is no reason to suggest that Sørloth won’t be a hit in SE25. Does that mean Sviatchenko and his teammates all possess the same potential? Of course not, but I certainly won’t be the one pouring cold water on their dreams.