German footballing magazine Kicker reports that incoming RB Leipzig head-coach Jesse Marsch has ranked his surplus of strikers as part of his overall assessment of the squad he prepares to take over.
Unlike former trainer Julian Nagelsmann, the American prefers more orthodox tactics of a two-striker set. Accordingly, the 47-year-old may be looking to dispense with Alexander Sørloth, his one true center-forward.
While a report appearing on the website of Germany's preeminent footballing publication late Thursday is speculative to say the least, the trade journal does raise an interesting point about the future of Norwegian striker Alexander Sørloth.
The magazine claims that new gaffer Jesse Marsch wishes to retain four attackers on his roster next year. The report states that the top three slots are currently occupied by Yussuf Poulsen, newcomer Brian Brobbey, and a yet-to-be-named transfer target, who may be Brobbey's countryman Justin Kluivert.
Hee-Chan Hwang and Sørloth, both of whom were slow out of the gate for their new club, are evidently competing for the fourth slot. Sørloth may be the odd man out. As noted above, the report remains highly speculative. Sørloth did eventually find his footing before tapering off late in the season.
A loan may still make sense, particularly in light of the fact that the 25-year-old's former club of Trabzonspor have expressed interest in bringing him back to the ground where he enjoyed so much success last season.
Leipzig may also wish to send the Norwegian to a league where he can regain much needed confidence.