One of Newcastle’s brightest young prospects Elias Sorenson was in demand in January as he was made available to go out on loan to get some first team experience.
He eventually went to Blackpool where Sean Longstaff had spent a year on loan last season and made great strides at the seaside club.
Carlisle, Hartlepool and Oxford United were some of the other clubs that wanted Elias on loan.
But the young Dane is having a nightmare at Blackpool, and he has played just over 30 minutes in the first team for them and hasn’t made the bench on too many occasions.
Elias Sorensen – not getting playing time at Blackpool
This is what Benitez told the Chronicle about Sorensen’s disastrous spell at the Lancashire club:
“It’s something difficult for me.”
“Ben Dawson dealt with them (Blackpool) and I thought it was more clear for the lad.”
“But you need to know exactly what is going on to have an opinion.”
“I’m not happy with the fact that he was not playing games.”
“But at the same time I don’t know what was going on when we did the deal.”
When former manager Gary Bowyer took Sean Longstaff on loan last season, he had a clause in the loan contract that he would get regular playing time.
There seems to be no such clause in Sorensen’s loan contract.
Blackpool current boss Terry McPhillips has said this:
“We’ve got plenty to pick from and we just ask for the lads on the bench and those who aren’t in the squad to stay patient.”
“Wait your turn and stick with us.”
If they have plenty to pick from then why did they need Sorensen on loan?
But this brings to mind our own loan player – left-back Antonio Barreca – from Monaco.
He hasn’t made the bench in a while and doesn’t seem to be in the reckoning to play in the first team – now that Paul Dummett is fit and available.
That’s unless Rafa is waiting until we are safe before he gives the Italian some playing time?
Barreca was signed as a precaution since Paul is the only natural left back at the club and he was injured in January.
Sorensen is still only 19, and he won the Wor Jackie award this week, which is presented to the club’s young player of the year.
He’s scored 19 goals this season for Newcastle Reserves.
What do you think?