Crystal Palace fans laud Alexander Sorloth after Norway winner

Crystal Palace's Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke reacts after missing a shot on goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Crystal...

Alexander Sorloth was very much on the fringes of things at Crystal Palace last term, but fans are calling for him to be given a bigger role next season.

Alexander Sorloth of Crystal Palace holds off a challenge from Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park...

Alexander Sorloth arrived at Crystal Palace with huge expectations following a sensational season with Danish champions FC Midtjylland, but his contribution in his debut season was minimal, with manager Roy Hodgson often favouring record-signing Christian Benteke.

Throughout the season fans were calling for the Norwegian international to be given a chance to spearhead the attack, but Benteke remained the first-team linchpin - despite scoring a meagre three domestic goals.

Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace reacts to missing a penalty during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth at Selhurst Park on December 9, 2017 in London,...

Former Wolves striker Bakary Sako was used by Crystal Palace as the impact forward off the bench during the run-in, meaning Sorloth was limited to just four appearances in his debut season in England.

Sorloth stated his claim on Saturday evening though, netting a late winner for Norway in their friendly against Iceland (3-2), and Crystal Palace fans took to Twitter to commend the striker and to voice their frustrations at his lack of game-time last season:

Plenty of Crystal Palace fans seemingly want to see Benteke take a backseat after his shortcomings last season, with 22-year-old Alexander Sorloth given a real opportunity to show what he can do.

 

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