Is this 21-year-old still Newcastle United’s striker of the future?

For years, Newcastle United have been in search of a consistent striker. Last offseason, they were able to add Callum Wilson from Bournemouth. He has certainly been a quality target man for the club when he’s not injured this season.

As long as he’s with the club, Wilson will occupy the top spot on the forward depth chart. But, the position leaves much to be desired behind him. With the struggles of Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle, and Joelinton, could a young striker step into the role in the coming years?

Elias Sorensen was considered the striker of the future in recent years. In 2017-18 and 2018-19, he had back-to-back seasons of double-digit goals for the Newcastle United U23s. When the first team was looking for goalscoring, some fans wanted Sorensen affectionately known as the Danish Geordie, to get a shot in the Premier League.

On the international stage, Sorensen has scored in all three of his appearances with Denmark’s U-20 and U-21 sides. His last cap for his country’s youth national team came back in 2019.

Is Elias Sorensen working his way back to being Newcastle’s striker of the future?

But, poor spells on loan with Blackpool and Carlisle United saw Sorensen’s stock fall. It appeared that the Danish international could only find success with the reserves and that the ceiling on his potential was not as high as previously thought. Last season, he scored once in four appearances in Premier League 2.

The 2020-21 season has seen the 21-year-old getting back on track. Playing for Almere City FC in the second division of Dutch soccer, Sorensen has four goals and four assists in 15 league matches. He’s started ten of those matches for the club.

Obviously, the league he’s playing in is a far cry from the English top flight. But, it’s good to see him find success on loan. If he can continue to get his groove back and score goals, Sorensen could work his way into the first-team rotation. His contract at Newcastle United runs until June 2022.