Between The Lines: Alexander Sorloth loving life at Gent; will he leave Crystal Palace?

When Alexander Sorloth left Crystal Palace for Gent in January, the loanee surely felt things could only get better – his 12 months at Selhurst Park were disappointing and it was clear he needed a temporary change of scenery to find his feet and scoring touch again.

If the Norwegian’s comments regarding his stay in Belgium and his career at Palace are anything to go by, then he’s absolutely loving it – will Eagles fans see him in their famous red and blue ever again?

What did he say?

Well, Norwegian news outlet Addresseavisen have compiled comments made by the big forward and it’s fairly safe to say he’s enjoying himself across the channel:

“I had to do it [leave Palace for Gent]. I felt that it became heavier and heavier in the fall, and I felt further and further away from a starting point.

“There is a very big difference. I feel like I’m an important part of the team [at Gent], I get to play 90 minutes every weekend for a team fighting at the top of the table.”

Summer exit for Sorloth?

Indeed, the Palace number 9 hardly got a look in the starting XI last year despite the dreadful form of Christian Benteke, with Roy Hodgson largely putting his faith in Jordan Ayew for some strange reason – the Ghanaian has flopped, too.

Now that Michy Batshuayi is leading the line, there would have been absolutely zero opportunities for 23-year-od Sorloth to get minutes, so the loan move was definitely for the best – and the giant hitman knows it.

He clearly doesn’t enjoy battling relegation nearly as much as he does fighting for league titles and this feeling of importance to the team is presumably something he never had at Selhurst Park.

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The former Midtjylland man clearly has potential to be a good player for Palace but he hasn’t yet proven himself in the top flight – will he flee in the summer and thus show he wasn’t ready for the challenge of the Premier League? Let us know in the comments below.