Alexander Sørloth will be hoping to make a bigger impact in the Eredivisie this season after a underwhelming start to his Groningen career.

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Sørloth made his debut for Rosenberg in 2013 as a 17-year-old, but only made six appearances for the Norwegian giants over the next year and was eventually loaned to Bodø/Glimt for the start of the 2015 Norwegian season. Sørloth finally showed his true potential during the loan spell as he flourished for Bodø/Glimt, scoring thirteen goals in 26 appearances, including two hat-tricks. The youngsters performances convinced Groningen to shell out €750,000 to bring him to Netherlands in January.

The 20-year-old made the perfect start to his Groningen career with a goal on his debut, and added a second in his fourth appearance against PEC Zwolle. However, these proved to be his only two goals in a further nine appearances, which mostly came from the bench.

Style of play

Sørloth is a powerful centre forward, with a good touch and rocket of a left foot. He is typically deployed as the central striker in a 4-3-3 or 5-4-1, utalising his height to win possession in the middle of the pitch or in the box. He also possesses a decent amount of pace for a tall striker, and scores most of his goals with his left foot and not his head.

What can we expect from Sørloth this season?

Sørloth will be looking to make a much bigger impact for Groningen this season, and will battle Tom van Weert to replace Michael de Leeuw as the clubs first choice striker.

Groningen have struggled to find a prolific striker in the past few seasons and new coach Ernest Faber will be counting on Sørloth to improve his goal tally to ensure the club are fighting for a place in Europe.

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