Crystal Palace struggled in front of goal in their most recent match against Sheffield United, an aspect of their play that has been an all too familiar theme this season.
It is the ninth time they have drawn a blank in the Premier League this campaign, leaving the Eagles bottom of the table when it comes to goals scored, with 22. Jordan Ayew sits as their top scorer on six goals while Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke have disappointed with three and zero league goals respectively.
To make matters worse, Roy Hodgson let go of a striker in the summer who is now really beginning to find his feet and prove that such a decision was an error of judgement from the manager – Alexander Sorloth.
The Norway international has spent the year on loan at Turkish outfit Trabzonspor, and on Saturday he scored against Fenerbahce to take his season goal tally to 19. There, he has 16 goals from 19 league games in what has been a brilliant opportunity for the 24-year-old to showcase his qualities, and that has sparked discussion amongst Palace supporters.
Some have blamed Hodgson’s poor tactics for not getting the best out of Sorloth during his spell at Selhurst Park, while others suggest it is typical of the club not to get the best out of strikers.
Here is some of the reaction to the striker scoring yet again this term.
Good for him. Not a single palace fan would have wanted him to stay at the time
— Stephen Nash (@cerronash) February 1, 2020
Fans slated him whilst he was here. Wonder if those same people have a little regret now
— Nick Sadler (@nicksadler62) February 1, 2020
Different level all together. That said, Hodgson’s tactics are not conduscive to providing strikers with decent service.
— Tony Peters (@thattonypeters) February 1, 2020
That’s typical Palace….
— Ben (@BenIAgbaimoni) February 1, 2020
He just doesn’t fit into our style of play, unfortunately for us
— TheWiseNOLAman (@NoLAWise2017) February 1, 2020
If Roy wasn’t so bad at his job, he’d most likely be banging them in for us
— Seat #163🦅 (@TeaglesTcoyp) February 1, 2020
No striker would do well in our system, we create nothing, strikers feed off scraps, we never dominate, it’s pathetic
— James Taylor (@MR___JT) February 1, 2020
We ruin strikers. It’s what we do.
— Gooders (@RobGooders) February 1, 2020
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