Just under a year on from the deal which saw him arrive at Crystal Palace, Norwegian striker Alexander Sørloth is on the move again, making the switch to Belgian club side Gent in a bid to rediscover the confidence he’s lost since moving to south London.
The 23-year-old had initially taken the jump from Midtjylland to Palace full of hope over what lay in store for him in SE25 but the year that followed left many wondering whether or not the leap was simply too big for the striker to handle. Given his apparent potential, the Norwegian national team have already rewarded the big man with plenty of caps but in terms of domestic experience Alex is still a relative novice and with very few opportunities to prove his worth in the Palace first-team, it’s little surprise to see him jumping at the chance to go and play regular football elsewhere.
Despite the deal agreed taking Alex up to the end of the 2018/19 season, there is no mention of an option to but being inserted within the deal between ourselves and Gent; a factor which suggests that Roy Hodgson and co. still see a future for Sørloth at Selhurst Park, should he be able to reenergise himself whilst away on loan in a different culture. Luckily, he’s still got age very much on his side and the raw physical attributes also playing a part, there appears to still be a degree of hope from all parties that he’ll one day come good in the Premier League for the Eagles.
Who knows? We may see a completely different man out in Belgium, free from worries about first-team minutes and happy to be trusted at the head of an XI once again. I’ll certainly be keeping a close eye on his progress and will be sure to let you know if and when he starts scoring.
Watch this space.