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Newcastle Sign Danish Teenage Wonderkid

There was news three days ago that we were trying to sign 16 year-old Danish Elias Fritjof Sorensen from HB Koge and their Sporting Director did not argue that some great conversations were ongoing with Newcastle about the teenager.

Elias has been referred to as a wonderkid because of his precocious play for one so young – not that we want to put any undue pressure on the lad.


Elias Fritjof Sorensen

16 year-old Danish Elias Fritjof Sorensen signing forms

This is what Newcastle have just announced about Elias Fritjof Sorensen on the web-site:


The 16-year-old forward became HB Køge’s youngest ever debutant when he came on from the bench in a Danish first division game against Silkeborg IF last season, and has made a total of five appearances for the Svanerne (the Swans), all as a substitute.

He has represented his country at U-17 level and, having been regularly involved at under-17 level for HB Køge last term, will be based at United’s Little Benton Academy.


Young Sorenson  had this to say after the signing:

“It’s a big, big moment for me and I’m very glad to sign with this Club,”

“I hope I’ll progress as quickly as possible but first, I will concentrate on developing as a player.”

“I’m still very young but I have high hopes for the future.”

Sorenson is already a good player and he’s just the kind of young precocious player Newcastle want to sign and bring to Tyneside.

He has come on five times for the HB Koge first team, with all appearances coming from the bench.

On Tuesday this is what Koge Sporting Director Per Rud has said in the outlet Bold.dk:

“It is true that we are still talking to Newcastle, and we have had several great conversations with them, and it is likely to end up with a transfer.”

“As with everything else in this world, I cannot say anything with certainty until it is fully in place, and the ends are not achieved together yet.”

“But I’d be lying if I said that there isn’t some truth, f or it is there.”

Newcastle have signed a number of top youngsters over the last 9 years under owner Mike Ashley, but we have failed to develop them into first team players.

Hopefully with Rafa Benitez now running everything football related at Newcastle we will have a lot more success in the future.

And with the transfer prices likely to keep exploding in the future. it’s very important Newcastle develop our own players as much as we can, so the Youth Academy becomes even more important to Newcastle’s future.

This is a very good signing for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

53 comments so far

  • Spoof

    Aug 12, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #1


    With all due respect to Munster I believe he is right, if we don’t get back up then we have to look at Rafa as he would have no excuse, the squad he has, the cash he still has to spend, well you know what, if we fail then he should be hung drawn and quartered, but I’m still sure that we will go up.

  • Mackems are from MORDOR!

    Aug 12, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Looking to the future can be good, then again…

    Etc etc etc

    I get it but not excited just yet. Think a proven striker is more top of the list, that and 3 points and get the season rolling!!!

  • Vask

    Aug 12, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Wonderkid? So he’ll be getting game time with the big boys then?

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #4

    I can’t access the thread on Brendan Galloway.

  • nut meg

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Good luck to the young lad,I hope he makes it.


    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #6

    There could well be a lot of reasons as to why we might not get promoted, many not in Rafas hands tbf

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    MafM @2 – I see where you are coming from. Not the signing the majority of us wanted to see here and now, especially as you correctly point out, our record with these “wonderkids” we bring in is worful. The club continues to misread the mood of the people. What do we want? GOOD PLAYERS! When do we want them? NOW!


    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Misread the mood of the people? Should they not try and improve the reserve team?

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Lee Ryder:-

    “Benitez wants to add two more players after Galloway next week, including a winger and a striker.

    United could yet return with a bid for Brighton star Anthony Knockaert while behind-the-scenes talks on a striker to bolster their options have been ongoing.

    But Newcastle will also look to clear the decks in the final days of the transfer window, and that process continued yesterday as Florian Thauvin’s loan move to Marseille was confirmed, with the cash sale of Remy Cabella also finally rubber-stamped following a long wait.”

  • BeeGuy

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Did the pre-season U-21 wonderkids get contracts? Isn’t on the next ben-Arfa?

  • Vask

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Nah beeguy it was the non league mahrez

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    WWSBRD -Yes we do, but should that be our priority right now? I can only imagine that Charnley has to be involved in this process, and we know from bitter experience that he can’t walk and chew gum at the same time (January, Kone, as an example) So should our sole focus, here and now, not be on trying to recruit players to make a squad to win promotion? Even if this kid costs next to nothing, his signing has to absorb resources of time and effort that I, and I believe others, feel would be better spent on more pressing matters.

  • martoon

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #13

    ZIPPIE57 from previous blog – If you already have a ST then you simply use the one you already have as they are not issuing new ones for this year. If it is a new one you are waiting for then I would suggest contacting the box office who can probably issue you with a match-day ticket for your seat which you could collect before the match.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #14


    it’s not just that comment. munster has had an agenda with rafa from day 1 it seems.

  • firebug666

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #15


    It’s more than likely this young kid deal has been handled by the head of youth development, not Rafa or Charnley.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #16

    until our ”whizz kids” get proper coaching and not from the likes of beardo and watson, they will struggle.

  • hibbitt

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Rotonda heights

    munster and one or two others are on a mission its payback time for the abuse the pin up boy got

    so so obvious the format there taking its sad


    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Its a priority not the priority and I am confident under Rafa’s charge the club can handle more than one thing at once

  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #19
  • jimmysmith

    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #20

    Munster isn’t that jaundiced, relatively speaking. Surely we’ve all wondered if Rafa isn’t here to take us to the promised land, but rather to confirm just how much of a veil of tears the club is. I love Newcastle, but the club is extraordinarily attuned to failure. It almost defines us. I’m not sure Rafa gets it. The clubs a basket case.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #21

    firebug666 – that may or may not be true, but in any case it is not something that helps to appease the pessimist brigade, of which I am a fully paid up member. Funny how relegation, retention of all the key figures who got you there, uninspiring signings and a piss-poor start to the season will do that to you…

  • hibbitt

    Aug 12, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #22

    The overrated Frenchman
    what makes you such an expert
    one game is not a piss poor start to the season

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 12, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #23

    Don’t claim to be an expert hibbitt, just someone with an opinion is all. If you were happy with the Fulham game, fair play, I don’t expect to change your mind. Just putting my view out there to be challenged or agreed.


    Aug 12, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #25

    1 loss makes for a piss poor start to the season?

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 12, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #26

    How else can the Fulham game be judged – it was poor – in fact very poor.

    Judged purely as one game only (not the start of a sequence of games) – it certainly was not good to watch – in fact it was piss poor.

    However, as it was the first game, new players, new tactics , players gelling, more players to come I am not at this time worried as we will vastly improve and anticipate so many weeks down the line we will be living up to pre -season expectations.
    Better this -piss poor game was the first one -then the faults should be fixed and not re-occur the rest of the season.

  • clinath@ed

    Aug 12, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #27

    Can anyone answer this..
    I read today that the TOON made £73M last year from the PREM.
    That is now in our pockets (not spent?)
    Is there also a balloon payment due because of relegation?

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 12, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #28

    Well perhaps I could have been more succinct so I’ll re-phrase it. “A piss-poor first game of the season”, as opposed to the start of the season….

  • BandB

    Aug 12, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #29

    Though it was, in plain English, also the start of the season.


    Aug 12, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #30

    Insigne rumours are ridiculous, think the guy has the quality for top 3 team. I’d love it if we managed to sign players of that calibre in 5 years time. Scenes if this one happens!

  • martoon

    Aug 12, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #31

    Like everybody on here I was bitterly disappointed with the game last Friday – the result and the way we played. However it is very early days to start writing us off yet. If you remember when Rafa first took over it took a few games before he got his message across and we started to look better and I’m confident he can get it right. Saying that I expect nothing less than a win tomorrow because we should be able to beat teams like Huddersfield at home even if we are not at our best yet.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 12, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #32

    carr seems to gave been basically domiciled, allegedly ” scouting ” in France for the last decade, but misses out on the likes of kante, mahrez, payet and kone for peanuts, yet throws fortunes at thauvin, cabella, riviere and any other Mondial agency clients etc.
    how is the man still in a job?

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 12, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #33

    Spot on Rotonda @32. I’ve lost all confidence in Carr but all that really matters is what Rafa thinks of him. The list of his signings over the last 4 or 5 seasons doesn’t make great reading however. Not every signing will be a smash hit but we’ve had some real disasters. 80M spent last season, most of whom don’t even play for us now.

  • firebug666

    Aug 12, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #34

    TOF @21

    Don’t presume to think you know me or what I like dislike. You were winging on about Charnley wasting time on deals for kids. I only pointed out the the youth deal are done by the Head of youth development.

    I know we need players in, and the club are working on that, chill out a bit all will be well!

  • cyprus

    Aug 12, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Precocious… Twice in an article. We need a spark. In fact, we need another couple starlets who will take this league by storm. We’re a rich club, with connections, let’s do it. Right now we can compete, let’s take it one step further and blow them away Rafa.

  • cyprus

    Aug 12, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Ed or anyone,
    Do you know which games will be televised on bein sports?
    Much appreciated.

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 12, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Any manager, regardless of his history, can be given a hard time if he fails. Rafa hasn’t failed yet. We’ve played one poor game with 45 still to play. Norwich aside, all the favourites will be unhappy with their first game, but there’s been an overreaction on here imo. Rafa was seething in the interview after the game, but controlled it well. He was as unhappy as everybody with the result and will, no doubt, sort it out. Having watched pre season, does anybody think he sent them out to play long balls? I don’t think he did. Why would he? It went wrong. It might happen again – that’s football. We wanted Rafa here. We virtually begged him to stay. He’s the best we’ve ever had record wise and most certainly the best we’re likely to get for many a year. One game. It means very little. We’re still bringing in players, so it won’t run smoothly immediately, but come May, let’s see where we are. By Wednesday night there’s a good chance we’ll be on six points and in the top half.
    Really looking forward to tomorrow. 50k mags 100% behind the team and manager – the way it should be.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 12, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #38

    A Charlton fan has been threatened with his season ticket for slating the club on social media 😮

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 12, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Apparently he was screaming at the players to hit balls ten foot high and wide of Dwight Gayle and kick the ball fifteen yards ahead of the last man in to touch.

  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #40

    Which Bein sports
    France on Astra1
    Abu Dhabi on Nilesat
    or US


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