As had been predicted by much of the Belgian sport media for a week or so, Alexander Sorloth is now a Gent player.
A loan for the striker was absolutely needed in the current window as he’s failed to prove an important part of Roy Hodgson’s squad. Perhaps signed as too much of a gamble, and certainly signed for too much money, it was asking a great deal of the 23 year old to be able to shine in the Premier League.
After a mixed period with Eredivisie club FC Groningen, a spell which probably should have served as a warning to Palace, Sorloth moved to FC Midtjylland in the summer 2017 transfer window.
He left the Danish club the following January for London, and if financials were ignored then sticking around would have been a better plan. There’s no way FC Midtjylland could turn down the around €9m offered by Crystal Palace, and the lure of the Premier League was too much for the player to reject.
HLN report the loan to Gent is a dry one, meaning there’s no purchase option for the Belgian club. Given that a mere purchase option, without a compulsory buying notice, can only be beneficial for the receiving club, it sounds like Palace see a potential future for their player.
First, he needs to impress with Gent and get his career back on track.
There’s was so much Danish excitement around the Sorloth to Crystal Palace move, especially from the player’s family, that it’s a shame it hasn’t worked out, however predictable that was.
Hope still remains for the future.