Alexander Sørloth was allowed to leave Crystal Palace for a two-year loan deal with Turkish side Trabzonspor this summer; a deal which supporters assumed took him to the end of his contract in SE25 but according to the latest information, that is not the case.
It seems the Norwegian international actually has a further year on his deal at Palace following the end of his stay in Turkey, allowing all parties to make an informed decision over whether or not Alex will be brought back into the fold at Selhurst.
Given his age and lack of top flight experience in England, Sørloth’s desire to get regular football trumped everything else in the minds of his and the club’s representatives. Of course, everyone would have loved him to have hit the ground running when he first arrived but for a variety of reasons, he struggled to establish himself as part of Roy Hodgson’s first-team plans, prompting Steve Parish and his colleagues behind the scenes to seek out an attractive loan move for the here and now.
Having started life with a bang in the Super Lig, there’s no reason why Alex wouldn’t want to make his stay with Trabzonspor a permanent one in the near to medium future but for now, the frontman is just focussing on the tasks immediately ahead of him.
“Palace will still see how my development goes. At the same time, if I complete the two-year loan then I have only one year left of the contract, and then it is difficult for them to have any good negotiating cards after the end of the loan period.
As long as it is on the table, you obviously have a goal about it [Premier League]. But right now, I’m really just thinking about doing as best as I can at Trabzonspor, continuing to score goals and being able to fight for trophies.”
Would I be open to Sørloth returning to the Palace squad at some stage in the future if he could offer a genuine goal-scoring threat? Of course. Strikers are worth their weight in gold when playing with confidence and finding the back of the net. The key to Alex’s switch abroad is to give him that spark back before analysing what the best next step is for everyone concerned. It’s easy to forget that he’s still just 23 years old; another two years of personal and professional growth could make the world of difference to his chances of success in red and blue.
Watch this space.