Just over a hundred hardy souls were there to see it but Elias Sorensen rewarded them.

At a point somewhere in between Newcastle United’s two goals at Burnley, the 19 year old prolific Danish striker was making it 16 goals for the season at a chilly Whitley Park.

Coming off the bench this time, Elias Sorensen quickly forced the keeper into a smart save from a header and then with only five minutes remaining, he lashed in yet another excellent winner.

Man of the match though goes to Callum Roberts, the 21 year old winger is also in brilliant form this season and last night summed it up.

Twice Stoke took the lead and twice Roberts produced excellent individual goals to equalise in each half.

Indeed, he almost got the hat-trick he deserved, only to be denied by a smart save from the visiting keeper.

Achraf Lazaar got a rare game, playing the first 81 minutes of last night’s victory.

The impressive stats are building up for both Elias Sorensen and Callum Roberts, as well as the young NUFC second string.

As well as 16 goals altogether this season, Elias Sorensen now has 12 goals in his last nine appearances.

Whilst for Callum Roberts, it is now 11 goals in total, with eight in his last eight matches.

For the team, the last nine games in all competitions show seven wins, one draw and just the single defeat. In the process scoring an impressive 26 goals in the nine games.

Rafa Benitez will surely need to allow both Elias Sorensen and Callum Roberts to go out on loan in January to ensure they can progress, with the only downside being that the reserves will be deprived of such in-form players.

However, the only goal for the Academy and reserve set-up is to try and produce first team players and so they must be allowed to play at a higher level to see if they can start making the step up.

Newcastle United Under 23s 3 Stoke City Under 23s 2

Newcastle United Under-23s: Otto Huuhtanen, Liam Gibson, Oliver Walters, Owen Bailey, Stefan O’Connor, Kelland Watts, Cal Roberts, Sean Longstaff, Yannick Toure (Elias Sorensen 65), Mo Sangare (Tom Allan 59), Achraf Lazaar (Adam Wilson 81)

  • Philippines

    Dare I say the obvious?

  • Peaky

    As we are not allowed to progress in the FA Cup by this regime surely this lad is worth a place at least on the bench when we enter the competition ?

    • Kenny

      For 1 game

      • Peaky

        I dread every season getting a non league team.

        • Kenny

          1 year they had a break in Dubai booked for the dates of the 4th round of the Cup before the 3rd😂 round was played

          • Peaky

            Was that under McClaren ??? Or didn’t he take them all away somewhere after we’d been mullered at Chelsea…can’t remember.

  • TeessideMag

    Wonder if any other clubs have their eyes on this lad?

    • Leicester Mag

      A worry

    • Kenny

      Man U signed a keeper we released in the summer

      • 1957

        I wonder who will bid for Woodman in the summer… is his inclusion on the bench due to rumours he wants to leave because he sees no immediate future at NUFC

  • JohnnyH

    If we had a surfeit of striking talent …..yeah put him out on loan.

    But after watching Perez contribute nothing apart from one neat move putting hoss through on goal, I’d say Sorenssen is worth a place on the bench, and getting some first team action, where appropriate. Other big clubs do it.

    If youre good enough you’re old enough.

    • Virsino

      Totally agree on Perez. He may as well not be on the pitch.

    • 1957

      I’d keep them here and give them time off the bench.

      Roberts should have had more involvement with the first team before now, he showed real promise when he first broke into the u23 set up… then Beardsley started coaching him. It’s surely no coincidence that he is in really good form now that Pedro is cutting the grass for Steve Watson at Gateshead.

      We’ve had a few false dawns with strikers in our reserve set up, Chopra, Armstrong and the best young finisher I’ve seen in Campbell to name just 3. I like what I’ve seen of Sorenson, but if he goes on loan it needs to be to a good championship team not the usual bottom half / Div 1 teams we normally deal with

      • Squintytoonarmy

        Paul Brayson back in the 90s as well.

  • Natturner26

    I can’t see how he wouldn’t be a better option than Perez or Muto to partner Rondon. But I also can’t see him getting a game under Rafa. So the best decision for him would be to go somewhere where he has a chance at first team football. 19 is old enough.

    • Damon Horner

      I don’t know too much about him other than what I read on here, do you watch him play?

      • Natturner26

        I know he has 16 goals in a few months how many would Perez and Muto score for the U23s? Our top scorer is Rondon with 3 and we’re lucky to be in 13th. We will probably survive because there are several awful teams this year, but the football is not fun to watch.

  • mactoon

    I would certainly be putting him on the bench and giving him minutes if we are winning. But I don’t see that happening too often and it would take him out of regular football in the U23’s so prob best to get him out on loan and hope he doesn’t go down the same route as Adam Armstrong

  • KennySamsung

    I remember going to see Chopra as a young’n, all the hype about how good he was, as soon as I saw him I knew he wouldn’t make it at the top level, so just a word of caution, give this lad time before throwing him in.

    • Peaky

      Aye good point….totally forgot about Chopra..

  • DeadToiler

    So if you knew that Chopra wouldn’t make are you saying that you also know that Sorensen won’t make it as well?

    • Lewis SG

      Carroll did. Glad he did.

    • Realist

      I remember being at Sunderland away 06 and he scored with his first touch he was borderline crying when celebrating, was a wonderful sight, gambling fooked him unfortunately, a talent wasted. Played his best stuff in his first spell at Cardiff imo.