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Hat-tricks in consecutive reserve matches – Is young Newcastle striker worth a shot?

5 months ago
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Elias Sorensen is making headlines.
A Newcastle United striker with 11 goals to his name already.
Monday night saw the NUFC reserves hammer Aston Villa 5-2. The Newcastle United second string going a goal behind but coming back to grab an excellent away victory.
Key to the success was a 30 minute hat-trick from Elias Sorensen, the Danish striker scoring in the 25th, 34th and 55th minutes to set United on their way.
Villa saved from further punishment when Sorensen was subbed on the hour mark.
This made it 11 goals for the season in all competitions for the young Newcastle forward, having also scored a hat-trick in his last reserve league game against Fulham – although some at the match put one of his three strike down as an own goal.
No matter, when the first team has managed only six goals in nine PL games so far, is it any wonder some Newcastle fans have reacted to last night’s performance by asking what’s there to lose by giving youth a chance, especially when full of confidence?
Elias Sorensen turned 19 only last month (18 September) so it is asking a lot BUT alternatively, would there really be any harm in even giving him a place on the bench at Southampton on Saturday?
Just look at the age of many of the players who have made their debuts for England in recent years and/or at other Premier League clubs.
Rafa Benitez doesn’t really make it a habit of giving young players a chance at such an age, even in the Championship season young players were conspicuous by their absence, the manager going for experience pretty much across the board.
On Saturday, Newcastle were desperate for some inspiration against Brighton but neither manager nor fans were keen on anybody sitting on the bench.

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Rafa eventually gave Joselu 16 minutes but didn’t trust the likes of Atsu or Murphy to make a difference.
Even leaving aside Elias Sorensen, what about Callum Roberts and Sean Longstaff?
Winger Roberts scored his sixth goal of the season for the reserves last night and at the age of 21 it is surely a case of he gets a chance soon or is let go?
As for Sean Longstaff, he turns 21 in a week’s time and scored many spectacular goals as he notched nine from midfield when on loan at League One Blackpool last season.
Neither player was even on the bench on Saturday and they haven’t played a Premier League minute between them.
Watching the embarrassment that was Ayoze Perez sauntering around the pitch against Brighton, I would far rather one of these young players was given the chance to see what youthful enthusiasm and desire could do.
We all sympathise with Rafa Benitez because this mess is totally down to Mike Ashley BUT maybe it is time to look at other options.
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