Carlisle United manager Steven Pressley has addressed concerns from Newcastle United over the game time of their loaned youngster Elias Sorensen.
The Denmark U21 international is at Brunton Park for the 2019/20 campaign, and has had a sluggish start so far.
He has made nine appearances up to now but is yet to complete a full 90 minutes, and has been an unused substitute eight times.
Pressley says he has to look after the best interests of his team, and it would seem Sorensen is struggling to become a regular.
Newcastle’s U23 coach Neil Redfearn is said to be considering recalling the 20-year-old .
Pressley told Carlisle’s official website: “If I was Newcastle United and I was Neil Redfearn then my concern would be for the development of my young player who is out on loan, and if he’s not getting game time then fully understandably I’d be thinking that the situation would need to be reviewed.
“When it comes to the game time, there’s an argument there that he hasn’t been given a clear run of games to prove himself, and I understand that. However, when you’re in the situation that we’re in and you’re looking for results, then we always pick the side that we think can win us the game.
“Unfortunately Elias hasn’t been in that side and he’s obviously disappointed with that. He hasn’t shown that, and I will say that about the kid.”
TBR’s view – Sorensen can’t afford a repeat of last season
2019/20 is a big season for Sorensen, who needs regular game time to help him in his development.
Last term at Blackpool it didn’t work out and the club recalled him to finish the season with the U23s.
Redfearn won’t want to have to do the same thing, but perhaps that will be necessary if things don’t change.