It’s been a few months since Norwegian International Alexander Sørloth left Crystal Palace for a loan move with Belgian side KAA Gent but the youngster has clearly made quite the impression on the club’s hierarchy since making the switch.
With a fair few goals to his name already, Gent’s Sporting Director Michel Louwagie has gone on record over his desire to bring Sørloth to Belgium on a permanent basis when his loan expires in the summer, even though there’s currently no deal in place with Crystal Palace to make that happen.
The Eagles paid a fee believed to be in excess of £8 million to land Sørloth not so long ago and therefore are unlikely to be over the moon at the idea of selling him on for a cut-price fee so soon but in the brief cameos we’ve seen him have so far, it’s fair to say that Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff don’t rate the 23-year-old as a Premier League ready frontman.
In many ways, this whole saga is the fault of our scouting system rather than Alexander himself. He can’t be blamed for being plucked from the books of Midtjylland so soon after arriving and trumpeted as a potential answer to the goal-scoring woes of a side batting for survival in one of the most physically competitive leagues in the world; the lad has tried his best.
With four goals and two assists in 11 appearances (961 minutes) for Gent, it’s little surprise to see that they’re keen on keeping him beyond the end of the 2018/19 season but what we’d be looking for to let him go remains something of a mystery.
The fact that there’s a genuine sense of willing from Gent will likely be music to Sørloth’s ears, regardless of whether or not he manages to fly the Palace nest for good during the next transfer window. I’ll keep my eyes open for any further developments.