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Steven Pressley says no agreement with Newcastle United on Elias Sorensen involvement

1 month ago
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After scoring 19 goals for the Newcastle United reserves in the first half of last season, Elias Sorensen was allowed to go to Blackpool to get some first team experience and progress his development.

However, after a very frustrating time where he was rarely named on the bench never mind playing, Rafa Benitez recalled him early from the loan.

Elias Sorensen getting only 32 minutes in League One and both his and Newcastle’s time wasted by Blackpool.

Rafa stated that he had played no active part in setting up the deal and was surprised that there hadn’t been some kind of commitment from Blackpool to give the striker time on the pitch, before he was allowed to go there, particularly with a number of clubs desperate to sign him.

Last week Elias Sorensen signed for Carlisle on a season-long loan.

However, the Carlisle boss Steven Pressley has insisted that there is no stipulation in the 19 year old’s loan deal, saying they have to play Elias Sorensen at all.

Steven Pressley talking to the News and Star:

“It is entirely in our hands.

“It is like every loan player, they want them here and they want them to play but they respect us managers have to make these decisions.

“I hope he will bring goals, and he’ll bring a movement in behind. I think he’s very effective.

“Unfortunately with the way Mansfield (Carlisle lost 2-0 and were two down when Sorensen came on) set up, they tried to kill the space in behind so we didn’t manage to quite utilise him in behind.

“It was good to get him on and we hoped he could provide us with the impact we wanted.

“It wasn’t the case but I’m sure we’ll see a lot more of him in the coming weeks.

“I think he’ll bring a real threat behind and he’s a real goalscorer.

“I need to see over the coming weeks, we’ve not really done a physical session with him so it’s difficult to find that out, but hopefully in the next couple of weeks we’ll know where he is (in terms of fitness).”

Whilst there may be nothing in writing, you would hope that as a minimum there is a verbal understanding that all things being equal, Elias Sorensen will get a fair chance.

Certainly, seen as he only signed on Friday, to get 34 minutes the next day as a substitute is more than a reasonable start and indeed, he has already got more game time for Carlisle than he got in his entire spell at Blackpool!

With Newcastle looking seriously short of attacking options, some NUFC fans wondered whether Sorensen should have been at least kept until the end of the month, especially as we could now be looking at Muto as the only striker available against Spurs this Sunday.

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