Alexander Sørloth hasn’t had the best of times of late, struggling for first-team minutes and fluffing his lines whenever he is brought off the bench, the Norwegian will have been over the moon to score a genuinely impressive goal during the Eagles’ 4-0 U23 victory over Charlton Athletic yesterday afternoon.
WHAT A GØAL! 🎯
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) November 26, 2018
Sørloth was brought off the bench in Palace’s last outing at Selhurst Park against Tottenham Hotspur, only to see a close-range effort saved by Spurs captain Hugo Lloris in the closing stages. Given Palace’s continued struggles in front of goal in SE25, (we still haven’t scored there from open play this season) it was a miss that left thousands frustrated and Alexander himself questioning what he has to do to break his Premier League duck.
The subsequent international break wasn’t kind to the big man either, with two gilt-edged opportunities to score squandered in the latter stages of Norway’s 2-0 victory over Cyprus, leading to thousands of shares on social media platforms. Under such scrutiny, it would have been easy for Alex to wilt but to his credit, he got stuck in against Charlton and grabbed a truly impressive goal for his troubles, as you can see above.
Dribbling the ball into the penalty area, he’s worked a shooting angle and drilled it low and hard into the bottom corner of the Addicks goal; the sort of finish Palace’s scouts have been hoping to see on a regular basis from the moment we paid Midtjylland to take him off their hands back in January. Should he ever manage to replicate it in the Premier League, you’d hope the confidence would start to flow through his game immediately but in his defence, he’ll need to be trusted in order to get up and running.
It’s a conundrum Roy Hodgson is left with every week, clearly feeling as though the team is more dynamic with Zaha and Townsend dovetailing as a make-shift forward pair whilst knowing all too well that the XI lacks any real firepower. As a direct result, Sørloth is limited to cameos off the bench but at home to Burnley this weekend, it’s difficult to know which option the gaffer will choose.
What would you do placed in his shoes?