Coming into the 2020/21 season, there was some slight confusion surrounding the future of Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth.
The Norwegian striker, signed from FC Midtjylland in January 2018, appeared the perfect solution to the Eagles’ striker conundrum. He was fresh off the back of a lethal season in which he netted 33 goals and provided 11 assists in all competitions for Turkish outfit Trabzonspor.
Meanwhile, Palace’s top-scoring striker Jordan Ayew had only managed to get on the scoresheet nine times in the Premier League throughout 2019/20, so Sorloth’s eye for goal would certainly have been useful.
It was somewhat of a surprise, then, to see the Eagles accept an £18m bid from RB Leipzig as the German outfit sought a replacement for the Chelsea-bound Timo Werner.
It is a transfer which now seems a masterstroke from Steve Parish and the Crystal Palace hierarchy.
Sorloth has found life a lot more difficult in the Bundesliga, only managing to score four times so far, taking him until January to net his first league goal. Nonetheless, it is still a marked improvement on just the solitary goal that he scored in his time at Selhurst Park.
For context, the fee that the Eagles banked for Sorloth was the third-highest that the club had received in their history; only being eclipsed by Yannick Bolasie’s move to Everton in 2016 and Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s big-money transfer to Manchester United nearly two years ago.
In a market which has been devastated by the financial affects of the global pandemic, Palace have actually done remarkably to make a significant profit on a player signed for just £9m 18 months prior.
Capped 28 times by Norway at the age of 25, Sorloth is certainly still capable of having a productive career, but the Eagles will be delighted that their decision to sell him was not tinged by confusion.