Finding the right loan moves for young players is a tricky business. It took Tottenham Hotspur several different spells away from the club before Harry Kane became the striker they were looking for.
So it’s no surprise that through two temporary spells away from Newcastle United, young Magpies striker Elias Sorensen has yet to make the faintest impression on the Football League.
The 20-year-old is currently out on loan at League Two side Carlisle United, but has yet to force his way into the first team on a regular basis. However, he was given hope of a fresh start at Brunton Park this week.
Carlisle manager Steven Pressley lost his job; unfortunate for him but perhaps the dawning of a new opportunity for Sorensen. The Chronicle reported on Saturday that Newcastle are unhappy with his lack of game time, and that there are clubs in Denmark interested in signing him on loan if he is recalled.
That is the big decision facing Magpies loan manager Shola Ameobi, and it’s one he has to get right. Sorensen is highly-rated within the club’s academy, but he needs regular first team minutes if he is to fulfil his potential.
So should Ameobi recall him? Not quite yet, no. Although it’s true that the young Dane has only made eight appearances and just one start for the Cumbrians this season [Source: Transfermarkt], the change of manager gives the player fresh hope.
It’s surely worth giving the new man until January to see whether he fancies playing Sorensen regularly or not. If he’s still not getting a sniff for the Cumbrians then it’s time to recall him and send him off to Denmark to see if that proves more beneficial.