Elias Sorensen is at a development crossroads for Newcastle

Newcastle United have a development problem with Elias Sorensen.

Over the past few seasons, Elias Sorensen has become one of the most promising prospects for Newcastle United. The 20-year-old scored more than 30 goals for youth sides in the Magpies’ system and added nearly ten assists. The issue is he’s only promising when he’s playing for the Newcastle United reserve side because he’s struggled mightily on two loan spells.

This week, NUFC cut Sorensen’s loan with Carlisle United short after a goalless stint with the League Two side. He made nine total appearances, which is shockingly eight more than he did his entire loan spell with Blackpool last season.

What should Newcastle United do with the Danish Geordie? He was decent in the preseason with the first team and he’s still only 20 years old. With a lack of consistent scoring from the striker position, Sorensen could play a key role if he can get on track. Should the Magpies keep him with the U-23 squad or try to find a new loan destination for him next month? The last two players to break into the first team from the reserve sides, the Longstaff brothers, took different routes.

Sean Longstaff took the more traditional route as he had good loan runs with Kilmarnock and Blackpool before he arrived in the first team rotation last year. On the other hand, Matty Longstaff only featured for the reserve sides for Newcastle ahead of this season’s Premier League debut.

The club could decide to keep him around Tyneside and play with the U-23s and potentially serve as a third striker for the senior side if Dwight Gayle is sold.  While it may benefit Sorensen to gain confidence while scoring goals for the reserves, I think he should go out on loan again. He needs to be able to earn a starting spot and score goals in league action. If he can’t break into a League Two or League One side, how can we expect him to legitimately make an impact with the first team anytime soon?