Alexander Sorloth has vowed to make his mark in English football after opening his Crystal Palace goal account.
Sorloth joined from Danish club FC Midtjylland in a £9million move in January, but the Norwegian striker has been unable to dislodge the misfiring Christian Benteke from the Palace attack.
The 22-year-old has made only four Premier League starts and had to wait until Tuesday’s 1-0 Carabao Cup win at Swansea for his first Palace goal.
“It’s nice to get the first goal out of the way as you try not to think too much about not scoring,” Sorloth said.
“If it gets into your head then you are going to perform badly.
“So every minute I get I just try to have goalscoring opportunities.
“If you always have it in your head as a striker to score a goal then it is easy to be motivated.”
Sorloth has had to be patient with Benteke preferred to lead the line in Palace’s opening three league games.
After being restricted to little more than half-an-hour in those games, Sorloth said: “It’s really nice, especially for the fitness, to show everyone on the staff that I can play 90 minutes.
“Sometimes you have to be patient when you get to a new club.
“You have players who have been in the squad a long time and they are going to play because they know the playing style.
“I have been happy with the way I’ve played, and the only thing lacking was scoring some goals.
“But I’ve got some confidence now and I think I’ve shown I can do well at this level.”
Swansea manager Graham Potter gave no less than five players their debuts as he selected a side with an average age below 23.
Potter said: “It doesn’t matter about your CV to a certain extent, it’s about whether you can bring personality to the game. They showed real quality in doing that.”
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