Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez should consider handing youngster Elias Sorensen a run of games for the first-team as soon as the club secure their Premier League safety.
The Danish striker returned from his loan spell with Blackpool this week after playing just 32 minutes of football for the League One club (The Shields Gazette).
Blackpool manager Terry McPhillips said of Sorensen (The Shields Gazette): “I did speak to the lad to wish him all the best. He’s a great kid, he’s a good goalscorer, and we wish him well for the future.
“He can score a goal in training, but, in the end, I had a lot of players to leave off the bench, and he was getting left off regularly.”
The implication from McPhillips seemed to be that he just had other players playing better than him.
Benitez should give Sorensen a go in the first-team
Sorensen was in prolific form with the U23s before heading to Blackpool, scoring 16 goals in 20 sppearances, and he will likely pick up where he left off following his return to the Newcastle youth setup.
With the Newcastle first-team now doing much better in the Premier League (13th place, 39 points, six clear of relegation and eight games to go), Benitez should think about giving Sorensen a chance once safety is mathematically secured and there’s no pressure.
It didn’t work out at Blackpool, but that should not be a deterrent for Benitez given the youngster was simply not given a chance.
He’s proved himself with the U23s – surely the next step is for him to experience what he ultimately wants to achieve. But only when the job is done.