Norwegian International Alexander Sørloth has seldom seemed happy at Crystal Palace under the management of Roy Hodgson and now the man himself has explained why.
Despite the Eagles splashing out big money to take Sørloth from Midtjylland 15 months ago, it seems as though the gaffer has little to no confidence in the striker’s abilities, Indeed, Roy Hodgson has failed to give Alex a single Premier League start since March of 2018, prompting the still young Norwegian International to push for a move away in search of some regular game-time.
Now on loan with Belgian side K.A.A. Gent, Sørloth is rediscovering something approaching decent goal-scoring form and is therefore keen to explore the possibility of making his stay a permanent one. Those waters are muddied by the fee Palace would be looking for so soon after buying him themselves given Gent’s far shallower pockets but at this stage, it’s impossible to know how highly those behind the scenes in SE25 value the big man.
As I said when discussing the comments of Gent’s Technical Director yesterday, it’s not Alex’s fault that he wasn’t immediately up to scratch in the Premier League given his age and relative inexperience but whether or not he ever will be good enough to a regular starter in the English top flight is up for debate. Did our scouts simply overestimate his potential? I’d say that’s quite likely. How we move forward from this point will depend upon how financially stubborn our board are in negotiating a fee for Sørloth’s sale with Gent.
I personally hold no ill will towards the striker and hope he does go on to find long-term good form, either back on our books or elsewhere but as things stand, he’s in a state of limbo that he’ll no doubt hope can be broken sooner rather than later.