Dean Saunders provided some insight of Steve Bruce’s management style on Tuesday and it should be music to the ears of Newcastle youngster Elias Sorensen.
Saunders shared that Bruce normally opted to spend the majority of his transfer budget on bringing in strikers, suggesting he’d usually buy like six, as then he is never left short enough to have to use players from the academy instead.
“Normally he’ll spend most of his money on strikers, so he’ll buy like six” said Saunders on talkSPORT (6:23am, Tuesday, 30th July).
“So he will never go on a Tuesday night somewhere, where he has to put young lads in, he’s normally loaded up with strikers.”
However, when you consider that Newcastle currently have only three recognised senior forwards, Yoshinori Muto, Dwight Gayle and Joelinton (Source: Transfermarkt), then Bruce will no doubt be forced to utilise Sorensen in his first-team in the upcoming campaign.
If the Magpies boss is used to having several forwards options to call upon, then clearly his hands will be tied and he will have to give the youngster a chance.
After all with only nine days left of the transfer window, then it’s hard to imagine the Magpies being able to bring in many more centre forwards.
Sorensen is clearly the standout young forward at St James Park after scoring 12 goals in 17 Premier League 2 outings, while also scoring four goals in five outings in the EFL Trophy last season.
While the 19-year-old’s loan spell at Blackpool didn’t go well in the second half of his 2018/19 campaign, he featured for only 32 minutes before being sent back (Source: Transfermarkt), if Bruce wants plenty of forwards to choose from, he’ll have to make do.
Sorensen is yet to make his senior Magpies debut in a competitive game but did show glimpses of his talent recently in the PL Asia Trophy tournament.
Chronicle journalist Lee Ryder, in an article for the newspaper’s website, pointed out the teenager impressed in the 4-0 defeat to Wolves, while some Magpies fans on social media sung Sorensen’s praise in the 1-0 loss to West Ham, despite him missing a sitter.
So with that in mind, Bruce may be forced to utilised Sorensen but the youngster could be up to the task.