Newcastle United are desperately searching for new strikers, but there is one striker on the team that has been ignored for far too long.
Aside from Salomon Rondon, Newcastle United have struggled to find quality strikers who can carry the load on the front line in recent seasons. The Magpies are currently the joint-lowest scoring team in the Premier League this season with 25 goals through 29 games.
The only striker who has managed to score this season is the club’s record signing Joelinton, but he only has one goal to his name. Dwight Gayle, Andy Carroll and Yoshinori Muto have not found the back of the net this season and all three players will most likely be in different kits next term.
Newcastle United are in dire need of reinforcements up top and they have already been linked to some notable names, but it remains to be seen how many talented strikers they can recruit. Regardless of when the takeover is announced and who the next manager will be, one thing is for certain: Elias Sorensen deserves a chance with the first team.
Over the last two seasons, our site has been advocating for the Newcastle United academy striker to get promoted, but both Rafa Benitez and Steve Bruce kept him out of the first team. Bruce did give Sorensen some playing time last summer during preseason, but decided against promoting the youngster.
Sorensen is a talented striker who is clearly too good for the academy level, but he has not had an opportunity to showcase his skills at the professional level. Two ill-advised loan deals to Blackpool and Carlisle United, both of which were cut short, did not help the promising striker.
The 20-year-old has the potential to become a great striker in the Premier League, and this perception is shared in his native Denmark. The Danish Geordie scored 12 goals in 17 appearances in Premier League 2 last season, has been invited to train with the first team on several occasions, and has earned the trust of Denmark’s Under-21 manager.
Sorensen has a lot of room for improvement, and it would take some time for the youngster to adapt to the physicality and pace of the Premier League, but he deserves a chance to show what he can do. The brilliant performances from the Longstaff brothers, who also came up through the academy, are primary examples of why Sorensen should be given an opportunity to test the waters by coming off the bench.
Some other club will eventually come along, sign him, and tap into his full potential by providing him with proper support and opportunities to develop. Newcastle United are letting a fine academy product waste his potential and they will regret it one day unless they give him the chance he has patiently been waiting for.
What do you think – should Newcastle United promote Elias Sorensen to the first team this summer?