Alexander Sørloth has quickly worked his way into the hearts of Palace fans since arriving from FC Midtjylland in January and now, following his first two appearances in red and blue, supporters have been given the chance to learn more about him.
He may have only recently turned 22 but the 6’4 striker has already begun making a name for himself in the European game and despite being incredibly happy with life in Denmark, Alexander himself knew full well that he couldn’t down the opportunity to move to the Premier League with Crystal Palace when his agent received the call in the final stages of the January transfer window.
Whilst he is still waiting for his first goal at Palace, his efforts against Everton and Tottenham respectively have made a real impact in the minds of supporters who are desperate for a striker who is happy leading the line with pace, power and energy for a full 90 minutes. Whether it be a consequence of his youth, desperation to prove himself or just a natural desire that burns deep inside him, Sørloth has already shown those who’ve watched him that he’s not here to simply make up the numbers and because of that, he’s been welcomed with open arms.
In Christian Benteke, Roy Hodgson has a frontman who has and still can score goals frequently if the cards fall in a favourable fashion but with games running out and the need for victories greater than ever, I wouldn’t be against the idea of trusting in Alexander to lead the line alone from the start against Manchester United if that’s what the management staff decide to do.
The Belgian may have a far bigger reputation than his less experienced teammate but as we come towards the final stretch of a campaign in which he has found the back of the net just twice, I see little to lose in tweaking the line-up and deploying Sørloth in what is his natural position under the Selhurst floodlights.
Quite clearly, our current injury crisis has left us without an obvious attacking style to fall back upon, meaning that there is a gap for Alex to occupy, should he be willing to step up and fill it in front of the the Sky Sports cameras tonight.
He may come across as a mild-mannered and polite lad but you can be sure that as soon as he steps onto the field of play, he’ll be ready and willing to put his body on the line for the collective cause, which is all I ever ask for from the players who pull on a red and blue shirt.