Our 19-year-old Danish striker Elias Sorensen has been catching the eye recently with all the goals he’s been scoring for the Newcastle U23 side.
But Rafa is not going to move the teenager into the first team squad too quickly, and that’s for the Dane’s own good.
Rafa in his management career has seen many youngsters introduced the first team far too early and he is wary of asking too much of good young players.
Since we cannot score goals for toffee – Newcastle fans have been saying it could do no harm to give the 19-year-od a try-out in the first team – after all, he looks a natural goalscorer.
Elias Sorensen – looks like a natural goalscorer
This is what Benitez told the Chronicle:
“We have been watching him and I had a conversation with Ben Dawson only yesterday.” “We have spoken about it.”
“Everybody wants to see young players coming through into the Academy and into the first team.”
“When the team is in the Premier League it is more difficult.
“When the team is at the bottom of the Premier League it is even more difficult for them.”
“You can put them into a difficult position.” “Do they have the character and personality to go straight into a team that isn’t winning?”
“It is more difficult for the young players.” “We keep an eye on them and time will tell us when they are ready.”
“If we have to give them a chance we will.”
“But now is the time to let them develop, let them get more experience and hopefully the first team will be in a comfortable position and allow us to give us more chances in the future.”
“Yeah (players have made their debuts too early).” “I have a lot of examples, some at different teams.”
“You don’t do it.” “Especially when you are in a top side because everybody is expecting you to be the new Alan Shearer.”
“When everybody is expecting that you have no chance.” “It is really important for the players and for us.”
“We have to give confidence to them but also trust the manager because we are watching on them.
“We’ll be really pleased to be bringing in players from the Academy.
“We want them to play and win in the first team.
“At this moment it is the time to give them some experience.”
We will trust in Rafa’s vast experience as to when top youngsters like Sorensen will get their chance at Newcastle.
But one policy of the Newcastle club is to attempt to bring good young players through the ranks.
That’s so we are not like some of the top clubs who seem to buy all their players for top dollar.