While Crystal Palace‘s £9m move for Alexander Sorloth didn’t work out from a playing perspective, the Eagles did superbly to more than double their money on the Norwegian striker.
After that goal, he earned a lot of praise from his then-manager Roy Hodgson, who said: “He was good and his physical stats are phenomenal. He deserved his goal, he worked very hard.”
Loan spells with Gent and Trabzonspor followed, and it was with the Turkish side that Sorloth began to catch the eye, as he contributed a remarkable 33 goals and 11 assists in 49 appearances during the 2019/20 season.
RB Leipzig saw enough in that loan spell to bring him to the Bundesliga in the summer of 2020, and after a brief dispute over his ownership with Trabzonspor, he was sold to the German outfit in a deal worth £22m, which represents superb business when you consider that he never cut it in the Premier League.
That trend continued in Germany, as he managed just six goals in three assists in 38 appearances for Die Roten Bullen before being shipped out on loan to Spain, joining Real Sociedad.
Despite a less than impressive first season with the La Liga side, as he contributed just seven goals in 43 appearances, they were keen to bring the 26-year-old back for another year, a gamble which appears to have paid off.
Sortloth currently sits on five goals and two assists in 11 games for Sociedad in the 2022/23 campaign, which suggests that he is finding his goalscoring form in Spain.
However, there is little to suggest that he is living up to his £22m price tag, so Palace deserve a lot of credit for getting such a good deal for a player who flopped in the Premier League.