It was the finish of a confident centre-forward. He needed just one touch, and a mere cursory glance at the onrushing goalkeeper; Alexander Sorloth never looked for a moment like missing.

The Norway international’s instinctive, almost effortless 15th minute opener during Real Sociedad’s 2-0 win away at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday was the continuation of a career-best run of form in front of goal. The purple patch to end all purple patches.

Never before had Sorloth hit the target in five successive league fixtures. Not even during prolific spells at Bodo/Glimt, FC Midtyjlland and Trabzonspor. That was, however, until he latched onto a trademark David Silva through ball and prodded home in Vallecas. 

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“I get some flashbacks to Trabzonspor, but La Liga is a considerably higher level,” Sorloth tells TV2, admitting that, at the age of 27, his producing the best and most consistent performances in his career. 

“When you score a lot of goals, you become more recognised. We are doing terribly well, won the group in the Europa League and are third-place in La Liga.” 

If, as Sorloth says, there is a bout of ‘football fever in San Sebastian’, then the former Crystal Palace flop is one of the main symptoms. The goalscoring bug has well and truly bitten.

Former Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth can’t stop scoring in Spain

Sorloth famously started just four Premier League games during the most forgettable of spells at Selhurst Park. Though a tally of 12 goals in just 16 starts at Sociedad is proof of how effective this powerhouse centre-forward can be when surrounded by an array of buzzing, bandy-legged creators. 

The irony being, of course, that Crystal Palace are currently crying out for a frontman in the Sorloth mould; prolific, mobile, and capable of forming a formidable understanding with the likes of Ebere Eze, Michael Olise and Wilfried Zaha. 

It’s not hard to imagine Sorloth, who has such a superb relationship with David Silva, Brais Mendez, Take Kubo and co at Sociedad, performing and thriving in a similar role in South London these days.

“Now, he is more of a finisher and has some of the best feet in the league,” says former Eliteserien striker Simen Stamso-Moller (TV2).  

“When he hits the flow, he looks impossible to stop at times. Now, he has confidence on a different level than before. 

“He can be the third highest scorer in La Liga this season. (Robert) Lewandowski and (Karim) Benzema will probably top. But behind them, it’s even.” 

Maybe Sorloth, at Crystal Palace, was simply the wrong player at the wrong time; opportunities and chances at a premium in an Eagles team renowned for their pragmatic, two-banks-of-four football under Roy Hodgson. 

Copy and paste him into Patrick Vieira’s Palace side, however, and Sorloth’s Selhurst Park career probably would have gone very differently indeed. 

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