It’s been a stuttering start to the season for Crystal Palace as Roy Hodgson’s men have only managed one win out of their four league games.
Due to their less than impressive start to the south London club now sit 15th in the league and without Wilfred Zaha, it seems like wins are going to be very hard to come by.
The Ivory Coast winger’s influence is worryingly significant and without him, their attacking threat doesn’t look very dangerous. Moreover, with Christian Benteke still struggling for form, Palace need someone who can step in and score the goals needed to keep the club into the league.
Over the summer, the club brought in Jordan Ayew to provide some attacking talent but in January they signed 22-year-old Norwegian striker, Alexander Sorloth.
Signed from FC Midtjylland in January, it’s taken a while for the young striker – who’s valued at £6.3 million – to establish himself in the side. Indeed since he made the move to London, he only managed to play four games in the league for the side, an amount that he has already equalled during his time this season.
During his time in the Danish league, the striker had a fairly prolific solitary season for Midtjylland, scoring 10 goals to go with eight assists in 19 games. Strong, powerful, yet good with the ball, Sorloth still has plenty to learn and is quite raw. You’d expect that, however considering the leap from the Danish league to the Premier League.
Due to his height, one of Sorloth’s strengths is his ability in the air and during his time in Denmark, he very much proved that a lot of his game is based within the width of the goalposts, despite his technical ability.
Although he’s only made four appearances in the league, Sorloth hasn’t played many minutes and it’s going to take time for him to finally make his breakthrough. Roy Hodgson did admit in pre-season that he expects more from the Norwegian striker this season and with his physicality up front, he seems very much a Hodgson style of striker.
It will take time but if Benteke continues to struggle, Sorloth may well find himself in the first-team for a sustained period of time in the near future.
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