When Trabzonspor loaned Alexander Sørloth from Crystal Palace, there weren’t too many people who thought he could be an instant hit.
Sørloth was something of a failure at Selhurst Park, having managed just one goal and one assist in 20 appearances since joining in January 2019.
The Eagles were happy to let him go this summer sending to him Trabzonspor on a two year loan, with the Turkish side paying €750,000 up front to get him.
They will also have to pay a future fee of €6m if he plays in more than 50% of the available games in his second year of that loan spell.
That’s looking likely as Sørloth has made a flying start to life in Turkey, scoring three goals in his first three games for his new club. The third of those came on Sunday, as the 23-year-old bagged the opening goal in a 1-1 draw with Kasımpaşa.
One man who’s been impressed by his new signing is Trabzonspor president Ahmet Ağaoğlu, who was keen to praise the striker to Sabah following the game.
“We’ve been following Sørloth for quite a while. But Crystal Palace wanted to use him as a part of some deal so that’s why he joined so late. But for now, you can see his quality,” he told the newspaper.
“He has started really well. If he continues like this, he will be an indispensable player for us in the future.”
“He is a real athlete. He came to the club and after two training sessions, he was on the pitch at Prague and scored a very important goal. We are very happy with his performances so far.”
“We still have two years. At the end of that, we will see. But I think if he continues like that, the €6m won’t look like much of a fee.”