Date: 14th July 2019 at 8:30pm
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Newcastle United youngster Elias Sorensen has been called up to the Magpies’ squad that will compete in the Premier League Asia Trophy, according to the Chronicle.

The North-East club arrived in China on Sunday ahead of the pre-season tournament, which will see the managerless side take on Manchester City, Wolves, and West Ham United.

The Chronicle claims that the rarely-seen Sorensen was selected as a late replacement for senior forward Joselu, who is reported by Mundo Deportivo to be in advanced talks with La Liga side Alaves.

Danish youth international, Sorensen, was in great form for the club’s under-23’s last season, scoring 12 goals in 17 appearances in Premier League 2. The 19-year-old also made the step up into senior football relatively easy, scoring four goals in five EFL trophy matches.

OPINION

The potential departure of Joselu has been used in an attempt to bring a promising youngster into the first-team setup. Interim Newcastle coaches Ben Dawson and Neil Redfearn will both know Sorensen well from their time together in academy training and could use that relationship to great effect. The young Dane has more than proved himself at the highest level in the previous couple of years, and this season could have been the perfect opportunity to loan him out to a lower club. Instead, it appears the uncertainty in regards to who will be managing the club come the start of the season is set to give the 19-year-old a chance to prove himself good enough as an option in the Premier League next season.  The youngster proved he can cut it last season, being involved in 18 goals from 25 appearances is no easy feat, and with Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto the only other two recognised strikers should Joselu leave, Sorensen must grasp this opportunity with both hands.