Neil Redfearn has conceded that Newcastle United might have to bring Elias Sorensen back in January, The Chronicle reports.
Sorensen is on a season-long loan at Carlisle United but Newcastle have a recall option in January. Unless his playing time improves, Newcastle will consider recalling him.
The Danish striker was left on the bench in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient. This was the eighth time that he has been an unused substitute for Carlisle this season.
He has managed a combined total of just 153 minutes across six league games, as well as featuring in the EFL Trophy and the EFL Cup. So far, his only Carlisle goal has come in a friendly match.
This is Sorensen’s second frustrating loan spell. Last January, Newcastle sent the 20-year-old to Blackpool after his prolific goalscoring record at youth level. However, he made just one substitute appearance before he was recalled for a lack of playing time.
Newcastle could do the same thing in January. Unless Steven Pressley decides to start giving Sorensen more game time, he could be back at Newcastle in the new year.
Redfearn on Sorensen situation
Magpies U23 boss Redfearn told The Chronicle: “It’s a difficult one. I know I have said on the record in the past that he needs to fight it out, but obviously the idea of him going out on loan is that he plays.
“So if he’s on the bench and not coming on, it’s not what we want, it’s not what we need. The reports that we are getting back are that he’s working really hard and desperately trying to do the right things to get in so we are getting that, but there is no getting away from the fact he needs to play. He comes back in January and then it can be reviewed.”
If Sorensen is not playing, there is no point him being out on loan. Carlisle could offer him the chance to develop his game with some senior minutes under his belt.
But the Denmark U21 international needs to be playing regular football at a vital stage of his career. Time is still on Sorensen’s side but he will not want to waste more time on Carlisle’s bench.