‘It’s A Difficult One’ – Under-23 Boss Unsure What To Do With Striker

Striker Elias Sorensen has not had a successful loan spell with Carlisle by any stretch of the imagination. He has made just 9 appearances with only 3 of those being starts. However, he has only one start in the league and only lasted until the half in that one.

In fact, the 20-year-old has amassed only 153 minutes in the 14 league games he’s been eligible for since joining. While that’s better than what transpired in his loan move to Blackpool last year, where he only played 32 minutes in total, it’s still just not working out for Elias or Newcastle.

Earlier this month, Newcastle Under-23 boss Neil Redfearn made the following comments about Sorensen’s loan spell:

“It is an important year for him, it’s his second loan. So it’s important from that point of view. From our point of view and the club’s we just want him to play. We wanted him to go in there and play.

“But it’s like everything else, as soon as you get in that first team environment you have to be playing well enough to get picked. He needs to fight his way back into the side. Maybe this spell where he’s out of it is a good experience for him. He’ll learn to fight.

“It’s different at the Under-23s with Newcastle, he’s a big fish in a little pond as far as reserve team football is concerned. But you go to a first-team environment he has other strikers in front of him and he’ll have to fight his way in.

“Obviously, he’s a top player and only a young kid, so it will be a good experience for him.”

While Redfearn obviously wanted Sorensen to play for Carlisle, he at least saw some benefit in the youngster having to fight for his place. However, it’s not improved at all in the last month for the young Dane.

Redfearn made those comments on October 3rd. Since then, Elias has only played 32 minutes of League Two football for Carlisle. That came as a second-half substitute at Plymouth.

While he did get a full 90 minutes against Blackpool in the EFL Trophy, it seems that the Under-23 boss is starting to rethink his stance on this loan spell for Sorensen.

Redfearn has made some more comments to the Chronicle this morning:

“It’s a difficult one. I know I have said on the record in the past that he needs to fight it out, but obviously the idea of him going out on loan is that he plays.

“So if he’s on the bench and not coming on, it’s not what we want, it’s not what we need.

“The reports that we are getting back are that he’s working really hard and desperately trying to do the right things to get in so we are getting that, but there is no getting away from the fact he needs to play.”

It’s blatantly evident that Sorensen needs time on the pitch for Carlisle. However, their manager Steven Pressley is fighting for his job as Carlisle are mired in a relegation fight at the moment just 1 point above 22nd place Scunthorpe.

Pressley is relying on more experienced players at the moment but that does not seem to be working out for him. Carlisle have just one point in their last five matches.

While it looks like Newcastle will wait it out with Elias to see how the next few months go before deciding to pull the plug, if Carlisle don’t turn their fortunes around soon, Sorensen may have a new manager to impress.

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