Crystal Palace have a striker scoring goals.

Sadly, that striker is out on loan.

Alexander Sorloth departed in the summer for Trabzonspor where he has helped the Turkish outfit to second of Super Lig.

Sorloth arrived at Selhurst Park in January 2018 for a fee of £9million, a shrewd bit of business for a 22-year-old who had netted 15 goals in 26 games for Midtjylland.

A poor return of just one League Cup goal in 20 appearances or the Eagles however made Palace boss Roy Hodgson’s mind up that the Norwegian would benefit from a stint on loan, and in January 2019 he found himself in Belgium with Gent.

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Three goals and an assist later and the now 23-year-old showed enough promise to alert Trabzonspor to his services in the summer.

Hodgson, evidently unconvinced Sorloth could challenge Jordan Ayew, Christian Benteke or the injury-prone Connor Wickham, allowed the Turkish side to take the centre forward on loan for the season, with an option to buy.

A year ago Hodgson and Palace chairman Steve Parish would’ve bitten your hand off if you’d offer them anywhere near close to the £9million they shelled out for Sorloth, but such is his form in Turkey that may well be the case.

Six goal and two assists in 13 games for Trabzonspor, where he’s plying his trade alongside Champions League winners in Daniel Sturridge and Jon Obi-Mikel, the forward is flying.

High in confidence and on the back of a Man of The Match display at the weekend where he scored and assisted in a 2-1 win,  Sorloth has set a target of surpassing his seasons best return of 15 goals this season according to 61saat.

Whether his form forces Hodgson to re-think the possibility of selling the forward, the up-turn in goal return can only help Palace, be it on the pitch or in the transfer market.