Palace Man Uses The Press To Voice His Frustration Over Lack Of Minutes

1 Posted by - October 15, 2018 - News

Alexander Sørloth has struggled to establish himself in Palace’s first-team since making the move from F.C. Midtjylland back in January and after heading back to his native Norway at the start of the international break, the striker has spoken in the press of his frustrating in south London. 

After enjoying a truly meteoric rise to prominence, Alexander was no doubt hoping to go straight into Roy Hodgson’s starting XI but for a myriad of reasons, the youngster hasn’t been given minutes in the first-team. Whilst hopes were initially high for him (the fee we shelled out was proof of that) he hasn’t quite had the impact we were first expecting, leading the gaffer to leave him on the bench for the most part. 

With Christian Benteke having suffered a knee injury which will keep him out until the New Year, Alex was clearly hopeful of getting a decent run in the side but Hodgson has chosen to use Jordan Ayew as our lone striker instead; a move which has understandably left the Norway international feeling rather downbeat about the progress he’s made since joining the club. 

Whether or not you agree with his decision to go public over his feelings of frustration in the Norwegian press, I for one do have sympathy for him, giving the hope and excitement he will have felt when completing his move to the Premier League less than 12 months ago. It’s a steep learning curve for any player but given his age and relative lack of experience, it was always going to be an extremely tough ask for him to get up to speed immediately. 

It’s difficult to say whether or not there’s enough potential within his game for him to one day carve out a successful Premier League career, based on the minutes he’s had in red and blue to date. For the most part, he’s looked a tad clumsy, giving me the impression that he’s over-trying when attempting to win the ball back and subsequently giving away needless fouls in the process; one of which, away at Bournemouth, ended up costing us a point. 

With any striker, confidence plays a huge role in their chances of success and with such little trust being shown in the 22-year-old, it should come as little surprise to see him struggling and vocalising that sense of annoyance. Is the solution simply to play him from the start in the hope of him finding form or are we better served by waiting to loan him out in January away from the intense glare of the Premier League? I’m torn if truth be told. 

One thing I am sure of is the need for another striker being added to the squad in January, whether or not I see that wish being granted remains to be seen. 

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5 Comments

  • tzcar October 15, 2018 - 10:09 am Reply

    look everybody say,s his not ready for first team.and wether he likes it or not rh,must put thebenefit of the best `11 player,s. first.that,s it.

  • TonyN October 15, 2018 - 10:56 am Reply

    For him to progress he either needs game time or to go out on loan 10 minutes or so every game isn’t going to improve him. Knowing how desperate we are for a striker is the probably reason for him not going out on loan. Knowing our style of play he may be a better fit than Ayew so the question on his quality is why is he good enough for 10 minutes but not a start? I guess the coaches have their reasons.

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh October 15, 2018 - 11:51 am Reply

    Sorloth is a strange one. A lot of chatter about him not being Roy or Dougie’s man and being signed as part of previous management. However, FDB had no real link to Norway or use for target men.

    I thought the whole point of Dougie was to implement a long term identity and transfer plan? Over a year on and we seem to have lost the counterattacking style and signed a series of duds – Jach, Rakip, Ayew, and Sorloth.

    Agree that we need a new striker in Jan as we have been both profligate and anonymous in terms of attacking play this season. Sorloth might turn out to be a good player but he needs games, goals and confidence, something Roy isn’t offering him.

    Given we sold Murray for 4m it is annoying that we haven’t improved (and have arguably regressed) despite signing Benteke (27m) Sorloth (9m) Ayew (Loan), Adebeyor, Campbell and Yaya Sanogo in that time. Looking at our options and their form, would sticking with Murray and Gayle have been so bad?

  • Sharpy October 15, 2018 - 12:02 pm Reply

    Parrish has put on record his biggest regret is letting Murray go. Does it not tell you something that Gayle is on loan to the championship again !

  • Eaglecoops October 15, 2018 - 12:05 pm Reply

    Can’t live in the past JFB.

    Benteke not back until New Year, so the solution is one of Ayew, Sorloth, Wickham or go back to how we played when Benteke was injured last year, with Townsend and Zaha up front. This is my preference but it only worked well because of the link up play of RLC who we miss badly.

    Given our current personnel, I would play Kouyate and Milivojevic as holding midfielders with Meyer and McArthur providing the attacking support to Townsend and Zaha. The plan b is to take Meyer and McArthur off and bring Wilf and Andros back into wide midfield and put Sorloth and Ayew up front together. Two totally different styles of play.

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