Loaned to Gent in Belgium to get the first-team football he wasn’t getting at Crystal Palace, Alexander Sorloth has impressed since January.
The 23-year-old has scored three goals and assisted a teammate once in nine Jupiler Pro League appearances, and will try and help his side climb up the table in the upcoming playoffs starting this weekend.
With KRC Genk currently top, they remain the favourites, but Gent defender Dylan Bronn believes his side, with the help of the Crystal Palace loanee, can close the seven point gap on the leaders in the next ten games.
Impressed with the Norwegian, he told DH: “He does us a lot of good, that’s obvious. He hits the ball so hard, he could send the goalkeeper into the net with his shot. It’s impressive. He helps us in front of goal, but also to hold up play and bring others in. Thanks to him, Yaremchuk is a bit freer. Alex was a super signing”.
Joining with no view to buy, Sorloth is expected to return to Selhurst Park at the end of the season, but an eye should be kept on Gent should they manage to qualify for Champions League football and receive extra money.
Just over a week ago, the Belgian side’s technical director, Michel Louwagie, hinted the target man could end up staying, as ‘things change everyday’.
If he does, Crystal Palace will be wanting the £8.1m they originally spent on him back, and perhaps a little more.