Newcastle youngster Elias Sorensen’s loan spell with League One side Blackpool was cut short earlier this week after the Magpies became frustrated with his lack of gametime.
And Seasiders manager Terry McPhillips has told the Blackpool Gazette, as relayed by the Newcastle Chronicle, why it didn’t work out for the Dane at Bloomfield Road.
He said: “He’s been unlucky. When we signed him we had one of the strikers injured and we thought he would be out a bit longer than he was.
“He can score a goal in training but we picked the other lads ahead of him because it’s simple, they’ve done better than him. He just didn’t do enough.”
Like any young player when they go out on loan, Sorensen needed a chance in the first team to show what he’s got and if Blackpool weren’t willing to offer it to him, Newcastle were right to recall him.
The experience will still have been a learning curve for the young hitman – trying to force his way into a senior side for whom every point counts is a different experience to banging in goals every week when you’re the Under 23’s top striker.
But he might have expected more from his first loan spell – Blackpool clearly saw something in him to take him on loan but didn’t let him showcase it and get the goals that could have pushed them into the top six in the third tier.