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Aston Villa target Alexander Sorloth in excellent form

The words dazzling and Alexander Sorloth aren’t ones you’d usually associate with each other, particularly if you ever watched Crystal Palace during his spell in the Premier League.

The Norwegian striker has only scored one in 20 outings for the Eagles since being signed in the winter of 2018.

However, since moving out on loan to Turkey and Trabzonspor he’s been an effervescent spark of brilliance.

The 24-year-old has been nothing short of excellent this season, netting 22 goals in 33 matches in all competitions.

It’s form that has caught the attention of Aston Villa who could end up paying around £20m for his services next summer if reports in Turkey are anything to go by.

If they are indeed keen on the frontman, there was no better match to oversee his talents than against Sivasspor on Sunday afternoon.

Not renowned for being too clever with the ball at his feet or in front of goal at Selhurst Park, he was mesmeric as his dribbling ability and nous in the air were particularly evident – winning a combined eight aerial duels and dribbles.

Coincidentally, those are his two highest averages this term. Per match, the striker has won 3.1 aerial duels while registering an impressive 2 dribbles per game too.

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It’s stats that should breathe fresh life into Villa supporters who have become accustomed to watching rather immobile forwards in 2019/20.

So far this season, they’ve had to watch Wesley – a player who scored five times and performed just 0.6 dribbles per outing. Mbwana Samatta has been similar in that regard, registering a solitary dribble PG.

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Managing only 0.8 successful take-ons during his time with Club Brugge in the Champions League, it’s clear that area isn’t a particular strength.

However, Sorloth has something Dean Smith lacks – manoeuvrability and dynamism. Not only is the Palace forward a clinical presence this season, but he’s also physical and tricky.

That dynamic nature is something Wesley wholeheartedly lacks.

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