Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sørloth came in for rather a lot of stick in the immediate aftermath of the Eagles’ 1-0 loss at home to Tottenham having missed a glorious chance to level the scores and whilst away on international duty, he’s missed another sitter.
Called up to the Norway squad despite his lack of goals, the former Midtjylland frontman was brought into last night’s game against Cyprus with the score already 2-0 in the visitors favour. Sadly, the comfortable score-line didn’t give him the confidence necessary to bag a goal of his own, much to his manager’s disbelief.
Supporting Martin Odegaard as he broke away from the Cyprus defence, Alex was in the perfect place to tap home the rebound following his teammate’s attempt to score but somehow managed to balloon his effort high over the crossbar despite an open goal beckoning some 12 yards in front of him.
Understandably, Sørloth fell to his knees in despair seconds later, knowing full well that he should have buried the chance. As a supporter, it’s hard to watch a young player going through such a crisis of confidence but with points and goals in such short supply back at Palace, a moment like that is only going to create more doubt in Roy Hodgson’s mind when weighing up whether or not to start the 22-year-old in the Premier League.
Where he goes from here depends upon his mental strength and desire to prove his doubters wrong but as someone who is desperate to see him succeed, I can only hope that this current crisis will be looked back upon in years to come as the spell which proved to be the making of him as a professional.