Palace’s capture of Alexander Sørloth on transfer deadline day could prove to be an inspired move, especially as the 22-year-old striker comes from some fine footballing stock.
The new Eagles man has been following in the footsteps of his father Goran, who won 55 caps for Norway between 1985 and 1994, was named as the country’s best striker twice in the early 1990s and won five league titles across two spells.
With that in mind, Rosenborg seemed to be the perfect place for his son Alexander to come through the ranks, and after signing his first professional contract in 2013, he made his first-team debut in a Europa League tie with Crusaders and it took just 12 minutes to open his account.
First-team opportunities were hard to come by in his first couple of seasons but he showed his promise with some good goalscoring performances for their B team, however after just 10 first-team appearances, Sørloth was allowed to depart on loan to Bodø/Glimt for the 2015 season where the 19-year-old showed his capabilities by notching an impressive 13 goals in 26 league appearances.
Impressed by that one-in-two strike-rate, Dutch side Groningen paid €750,000 to sign up the hot prospect, but he would play just 39 times across two seasons in Holland, scoring six times in the process. However, his talents were noticed by the Norwegian national side, and having featured for his national at all age levels from under-16s upwards, he won his first full cap in May 2016 in a friendly against Portugal, scoring his only international goal to date against Iceland in his second appearance three days later.
Despite remaining a regular for his national side, chances were limited at Groningen, and in July 2017 he jumped at the chance for a fresh start with Danish club FC Midtjylland. He netted 10 times in his 19 Superliga appearances to fire them to the top of the table, and would also find the net four times in six Europa League qualifiers to once again alert scouts from further afield than Scandinavia.
That led Palace to snap him up and hand him a crack at English football, making him the sixth Norwegian to feature for the Eagles after Leif Anderson, Brede Hangeland, Stefan Iversen, Thomas Myhre and Jonny Parr.
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