Great things are expected of young striker Elias Fritjof Sorensen who signed for us in the summer from Denmark club HB Koge and this week he got his very first taste of first team training at Newcastle.
With so many senior players away on International duty Rafa invited the 17 year-old to train with the first team squad along with a number of other U-23 squad players and they got the opportunity to train in font of the Newcastle manager and his coaches.
While Rafa uses his time to train the first team squad, another one of his many responsibilities at the club is to watch out for the youngsters coming through and the Denmark Youth International is one of the most promising youngsters we have.
Striker Elias Fritjof Sorensen signing for Newcastle on August 12th
Sorensen certainly seems to have been buoyed by both the training session and what Rafa said to him afterwards:
“I was sitting at the Academy on Monday and when I got the message that I later had to train with the first team.”
“It was great to play alongside some of the big stars over here, such as Jonjo Shelvey, who has played in Liverpool.”
“They don’t say much, but it was just a ‘well done, lad’ off Rafa Benitez after training.” “It, of course, makes me happy, and it gives me confidence.”
“It motivates me also to continue to work even harder.” “Lascelles was really nice to help, and he asked me a lot.” “He asked how old I am, where I come from and so on.”
“It was a great experience to train with the first team and I’m really happy to have got it.”
It’s also good that captain Lascelles also took time out to talk to the 17 year-old, but Jamaal seems to ooze with leadership and he takes his position as the Newcastle captain seriously.
We still cannot believe this lad has so much responsibility at the club and is still only 22 years old – but it augers well for his future at Newcastle.
We could even see Sorensen loaned out next season if he’s good enough at that age to play for one of the lower league clubs – youngsters need playing time to improve.
That’s a good story from Elias and he seems to have made a good start to his Newcastle career after only receiving International clearance to play in late September.