Roy Hodsgon believes that new Crystal Palace signing Alexander Sorloth is not quite ready for first team action.
Palace made an astute signing in the January transfer window, as Sorloth has the technical and physical qualities needed to succeed in the Premier League.But it is unclear when he will be ready to take a significant part in their games.
Manager Hodsgon spoke about Sorloth in his post-match interview after the 1-1 draw against Newcastle.
"I've only seen him in two training sessions and he hasn't played since the end of November in a competitive game," he said.
"He's had two 45 minutes in pre-season in Dubai so I was ideally hoping not to throw him into the deep end until he's had another week's training with us.
"To be fair, he would have acquitted himself well out there, but in the second half the three front players did pretty well so if I had changed it, I would have done so not necessarily believing that it was going to make a vast difference.
"Benteke got better as the game went on and was a constant threat to their defence, and was bitterly disappointed that one or two of those chances that came his way couldn't be converted."