Newcastle United should give Elias Sorensen an opportunity to play with the first team next season.
Elias Sorensen has been the best player for Newcastle United’s Under-23 squad this season. The 19-year-old striker has made 20 appearances for the youth squad and scored 12 goals that helped lead the team to the Premier League Cup Final, which will be played today against Everton. Sorensen has only made 20 appearances for the youth squad this season because he spent some time on loan at Blackpool, but that loan spell did not work out as the young Dane only made one appearance for the League One outfit.
Sorensen deserved more chances with Blackpool, but after being ignored for several weeks, Newcastle made the right move by bringing the striker back on Tyneside to maintain his fitness. The Magpies’ Under-23 manager, Ben Dawson, has praised Sorensen for being such a reliable striker this season and some folks, myself included, think he deserves a chance with the first team.
Sorensen Deserves a Promotion
We were all fortunate to witness the rapid maturity and development of Sean Longstaff this season as he enjoyed a stellar transition from playing in the academy to playing as a regular starter in the Premier League. Sorensen deserves a similar opportunity as it is fair to say that he is the next best prospect in Newcastle’s academy at the moment.
Rafa Benitez is aware of Sorensen’s potential and he has been asked about promoting the Dane to the first team on multiple occasions a few months ago. Benitez rarely gives youngsters an opportunity to play on the first team, but this summer would be a great time to invite Sorensen to the team’s camp and see how he adapts.
Moreover, Newcastle have been relying on Salomon Rondon far too much this season. The Venezuelan has done a great job for the Toon by scoring ten goals and providing seven assists this season, but the club cannot solely depend on one striker for 38 games. Yoshinori Muto and Joselu have failed to meet expectations at the club, so why not give Sorensen a chance?
At the very least, we all know Sorensen would play with urgency in an attempt to prove his worth and make a name for himself on the roster. The club should give the kid a chance to showcase his skills in the top tier of English football.