Alexander Sørloth struggled hugely for confidence in the year he spent on Crystal Palace’s books but yesterday evening, the Norwegian striker bagged a goal on his debut for Gent in a 1-0 win over Anderlecht.
Having joined the Belgian side on loan a week or two ago, Alex will no doubt have had his confidence boosted by being put into the Gent starting XI, having been forced to come into Palace games from the bench for the vast majority of his time in SE25. Yes, the Jupiler League is nowhere near as strong as the English top flight but even so, it was an impressive show of faith by his new boss.
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With both sides looking to edge their way towards the European qualification places as the season rattles into its latter stages, Gent’s win sees them draw level on points with Anderlecht; meaning that Sørloth is likely to be the toast of the town for the next few days. The goal itself, which came just a minute after the visitors were reduced to 10 men, was an impressive close-range header following good work from the striker’s teammates on the left-hand side.
You could tell during the celebrations that the goal meant a lot to Alex on both a personal and professional level. Coming up big for his new side on his league debut will have him walking on air, hopefully prompting a purple patch in front of goal between now and the end of the campaign. Should he indeed find his feet in Belgium, we may well find that he doesn’t wish to return but that’s a story for another day.