Turkish Football have claimed that Aston Villa are monitoring Trabzonspor striker Alexander Sorloth, who is in red-hot form with the SuperLig side during his two-year loan spell from Crystal Palace.
Sorloth, 24, joined Palace for £9million (BBC) from Danish side FC Midtjylland but managed just one goal in 20 appearances for Roy Hodgson’s side. It saw Palace opt to send him to Trabzonspor until the summer of 2021.
He has hit the ground running. Indeed, the 6ft 4in striker has already scored 21 goals this season in his 31 appearances – as well as laying on five assists. Aston Villa are now said to be monitoring the Norway international, ahead of a summer move.
However, a move is somewhat difficult. Trabzonspor have a £5million permament clause in the deal, but they would need to sell to raise funds in order to buy Sorloth. Palace cannot recall Sorloth in the summer.
The only way for a move to Aston Villa could occur, is if Sorloth is tempted with a second crack at English football and requests to cancel his loan. Also, Palace could come to a financial agreement with Trabzonspor, to bring him back to England.
TBR’s view – Sorloth needs time to adapt, he could thrive at Villa
At Palace, a striker like Sorloth was never going to shine. It is also why Christian Benteke is struggling. Big, tall strikers like Benteke and Sorloth thrive off crosses into the box that they can attack and score.
But that is not Palace’s way. They use Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend out wide, and those two are more inclined to cut inside and have a crack at goal – rather than trying to find Benteke or Sorloth in the box.
At Villa, Dean Smith’s men are much more inclined to get crosses in. It worked for Benteke at Villa Park, why not Sorloth?