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Benitez Unhappy With The Handling Of This Player

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.

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49 comments so far

  • martoon

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Good to see a rare post from Ed on the blog this morning – I hope your still well.

  • davetoon

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Going back to previous post about competing with the top 6 clubs. We would need to change our payment structure big time to attract the players who can play at a top level every week rather than 1 week in 3 or 4 as most of the clubs outside the top 6 experience

  • one fine day

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Olive grove was Marlbrough creasant looking back
    Shows what cheap cans of red stripe can down even at 15 🙂

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4

    After the game if you’re looking for a good time in Newcastle, call Big Jim 0791278613.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #5


  • martoon

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #6

    NYCmag if you have time it’s worth going down to the Quayside and having a look around although the pubs are expensive there.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    It is good to see a post from ed, I don’t think I recall seeing him post on here before.

  • toon22

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Rafa Benitez threatens move abroad in summer but if Mike Ashley willing to ‘compete’ will stay


  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Barreca hasn’t really featured because Ritchie has the shirt and is playing well. Quite possibly the result to some degree of the signing on loan of Barreca as competition.

  • davetoon

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Agree with the comments. Great to see Dr Ed posting. Wish he would do it more often.

  • DaveD1000

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    if we win today you realise you will have to attend all games till the end of the season? Made up for you bud have a cracking day.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Lovely when Ed posts, but it is also an uncomfortable reminder for those of us that occasionally let ourselves down on here that he is always reading too. 🙂

  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Anyone remember the big dippers at the Hofbrauhaus
    pre-match ?
    By gum there were some ugly lasses there !

  • lesh

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Online, Chicousa

    Nice to see Steve Winwood vids, thanks for posting ’em.

    Here’s a one to be played (albeit the studio version’d be better) at SJP when we’re finally rid of Ashley, the man who’s brought so much to Newcastle United.


  • Toon Tang

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #15

    Ed used to get rate involved in the discussions back int’ day. Tis a rarity these days granted.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #16

    From the Premier League website:

    What history tells us

    Since the league was cut to 20 teams in 1995/96, the average points required to avoid the drop has been much lower than 40.

    Over the past 22 seasons, the 18th-placed team, the highest to go down, have averaged 35.8 points.

    So, 36 points would have been enough to stay up on at least 10 occasions.

    Teams with 37 points would have retained their Premier League status in 15 of the past 22 seasons.

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #17

    As for these toffee nosed tuggers from Liverpool, they looked better against the dippers but in previous games before that theyve looked awful so you never know.

    I want draw on the poll but am confidentish we can win it.

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #18


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #19

    3 Hours 36 Minutes to KO

  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #20

    First Ed now Bill we just need Jesper now

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #21

    Holy Jeepers Dr Ed and Bill the Gent blogging on the same day.

    Think I’ve died and gone to heaven.

    Match day. HWTL!!!!!

  • Sav

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #22

    What a disgrace this club is over handling the Beardsley affair. We have a functionary, Lee Charnley, our one man board of directors, and lowest paid CEO in the EPL to supervise an enquiry which satisfies neither the coach nor aggrieved young players and their families. No comment or conclusion. Hush money and under the carpet. And to remember this started in 2002, well before the current regime when FFS was in charge with Douglas Hall, sheikgate and all that. This isnt do much about Beardo, plainly a dinosaur, unsophisticated in the ways of the modern world and incapable of adjusti g or moving on but what is WRONG with this club??

  • geordietom

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #23

    question for the AMERICAN Newcastle fans on here …

    my cousin is moving to Michigan next month with his family lock stock and barrel with the company he works for is there a Newcastle fan base over there … will he be able to pick up the match when we are playing …

    cheers in advance …

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #24

    there are several main drinking areas in newcastle. the haymarket and area around the stadium is good before and immediately after the match but then it gets quiet. central station area has a few good bars too on match day and tends to stay busier later on. then you have the gate or the the street at the bottom of the big market where students go which plays chart music etc and is open late, you also have the quayside which is scenic but last time i went it seems to have died a death. and there are quite a lot of real ale bars some very old, and a lot that have sprang up in the last few years. there are pubs everywhere you go. i don’t know where the chavs drink these days but wherever that is, you’d probably want to avoid.

    if you’re in town a while there are some nice beaches (although cold) and the surrounding countryside has quite a few famous castles and scenic villages. some tourists go to the metrocentre – i’d try to avoid that hellhole. can’t think of anything else. it’s mainly a city good for drinking.

  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #25
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #26

    they’ve tried to protect Beardsley, hoping he could just slip away and that the families would be happy he’s lost his job (although not quite sacked as he perhaps should have been IF found guilty). but the FA cannot let allegations of racism be brushed under the carpet.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #27

    For a first time visitor and fan, I’d recommend starting your run at the Free Trade Inn, then strolling along the Tyne to the Quayside for a quickie at The Crown Posada, and then anothery at the Strawberry, before heading in at least thirty minutes before kick off for the astonishing thrill of seeing the ground swelling, the giant flags waving and the music rising to an ecstatic fever pitch as the wall of noise and color swirls around the genuinely majestic stadium, and by then you’ll be well and truly convinced you’re actually having the best day of your f@cken life.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #28


  • Bobbybee

    Mar 9, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #29

    Morning campers! Merry match day. Especially to NYC Mag. Enjoy the game mate.
    Jib, the Hofbrauhaus was the place to go pre match mate. Dancing on the tables, singing your head off. And the strippers…. Mmm, less said really. 🙂
    You always knew what the crowd was going to be by how many crammed into there on match day. It was Mags only, no away fans. They weren’t banned or anything, it just wasn’t a safe choice for them to go in.
    I do recall some mackems coming in one derby day… Only once though!!
    Yep, no doubt about it, for pre match entertainment, that was the place to be. That was the days before I have up drinking mind. 🙂

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 9, 2019 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Best pub visiting the Toon
    Bridge Inn at end of the High Level
    Excellent choices of real ales local ales.
    Good crack before the game long walk tho

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 9, 2019 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Nicky, aye, the ground looks empty ten minutes before ko. Then suddenly everybody has that last drink and the ground fills rapidly.
    Then Local Hero has to be enjoyed. Nothing like it. Can’t wait, even though I’ve done it so many times. There truly is nothing like being in that ground. Better when we’re doing well, but it has picked up again lately. Expect a decent atmosphere again today.
    Then there’s that second when the ball hits the back of the net. That’s when I know its worth the struggle, when 50k Geordies let out that throaty roar. That’s when you truly know there’s nowhere in the world you’d rather be. Let’s hope for some of those moments today.

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 9, 2019 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Jib, no, we don’t. If he appears it’s generally because we’ve lost and he wants to gloat. I’d be quite happy not to hear from him until next season. In fact, anyone who believes they know more about football and the squad than Rafa, is clearly delusional and better seeking medical help than boring us with their waffle.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 9, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Good to hear you are still stable with the cancer, your medical team are working wonders, long may it continue.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 9, 2019 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Congratulations to Blackpool a shining example to fans everywhere.

    Now just bloodywell get Sorensen into the team.

  • davetoon

    Mar 9, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Ian Wright has tipped a 3-2 win to us. That would be some game!

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 9, 2019 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #36

    https://youtu.be/CLJHX5yaumA I love street musicians. So much talent. That said, I’m not into guitars really, I’m more a saxophone man. However, I came across this kid playing Sultans Of Swing on the street. It’s nine and a half minutes and frankly, it’s too short. It was the mention of Local Hero that made me think you might enjoy this. I’m not into the electric guitar like I said, but this is exceptional. Enjoy

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 9, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Fair play to the Palace fans for generating a decent atmos in their wee ground..
    But I wish they’d knock it off with that god awful Glad all over bollox!

  • NY Mag

    Mar 9, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #38

    Dr Ed and Bill on the blog today……..that’s gotta be a good omen 😀

  • NY Mag

    Mar 9, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #39


    Whereabouts in Michigan?
    I’m heading there in a couple of weeks and will endeavor to find some info for you

  • lesh

    Mar 9, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #40


    That’s rendition of Sultans of Swing’s pretty impressive and I think Knopfler might even be tempted put a couple of quid in the lad’s hat.


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