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Exclusion Of Promising Youngster Shows Club Has No Foresight

Elias Sorensen was left off of Newcastle’s squad for the Premier League Asia Trophy in what may have been a surprise to many fans.

Despite the squad only have three senior strikers if you include Yoshinori Muto and calling up five youngsters, Sorensen has been left out of the squad and remains training with a depleted U23 squad.

This, to us, seems like a very poor decision barring unknown issues with the youngster.

Sorensen is our brightest prospect and one would think that giving him some time with the first team, especially when his presence is sorely needed, would be a great way to get his season off to a positive start.

Elias Sorensen– club needs to instill confidence in him

Sorensen bagged 20 goals for the reserves last season despite spending two wasted months on an unsuccessful loan spell at Blackpool. He will be looking to build on last year’s excellent progress.

This is an important year for Elias as he will most likely need to go out on loan for the year to get some first-team football under his belt.

The club could have jumpstarted this season’s growth process by involving him in the first team but for whatever reason they just have not done that.

They have given 18-year-old Thomas Allen a chance to train and maybe even see some preseason action with the first team instead of Sorensen.

They have also called up four other players to play with the squad in China. They are defender Owen Bailey, goalkeeper Nathan Harker, midfielder Matty Longstaff, and defender Kelland Watts.

While we do like the inclusion of these players, especially Sean Longstaff’s brother Matty, we just don’t see why Sorensen was excluded unless there are some internal issues going on that we are unaware of.

If there are no issues, then jetting off to China today with just Joselu, Yoshinori Muto, Dwight Gayle, and young Thomas Allen as the strikeforce is extremely underwhelming.

The supporters would have been somewhat excited to see Elias get some preseason action, certainly ahead of Joselu and Gayle. Both of whom may not be here to start the season.

At the end of last season, Elias was asked about his hopes for this season. This is what he said:

“I’m open minded.

“I am just waiting to see what the club want me to do.

“If they want me to go on loan I will happily do that and if they want me to stay I will be happy to do that.

“It is just up to the club what happens now.”

It just seemed like such a logical decision to include the striker in the squad. We are not sure what their decision process was on this one, but it is just another headscratcher by this club.

85 comments so far

  • Wayayman

    Jul 13, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    For Posada, Charlie In The Gallowgate and anyone else who missed this earlier this week.

    Dear supporters of Newcastle United Football Club,
    • If you go to the match this season you are not in the wrong; Mike Ashley is.
    • If you boycott televised games you are not in the wrong; Mike Ashley is.
    • If you boycott the Arsenal game and St. James Park for the rest of the season you are not in the wrong; Mike Ashley is.

    Ashley is wrong for this club and he is wrong if he thinks he has a future here. He does not give or build, he only knows how to take and throw his weight around. His bottom-line approach will see this club fail. Perhaps not this season nor the next but we will do nothing except circle the bowl and it will be slow, painful and totally needless.

    What we need is a message. Not just to Ashley but also to the Premier League and football as a whole, that this man is toxic. Your brand will be tarnished and your product degraded. The ‘best league in the world’ seeming tolerant of a club existing solely to promote one of the country’s most loathed brands. We need him gone from our club.

    Many will say it’s impossible to achieve, that he doesn’t care what we do or say or think but what is it we’ve criticised Ashley for most? A lack of ambition. Now it’s time we become the counterweight – the ultimate display of ambition. Wor flags set records, just look what our fans are capable of. Each of us wants to be stood shoulder to shoulder, United in voice for our club so let’s get ambitious. Let’s change the narrative. Let’s show what can happen when you disrespect a city, a community, a passionate, obsessed fanbase.
    To this end, we call on all NUFC supporters to show the world that we will not take it lying down, that we will no longer stand idly by while he systematically and deliberately destroys this once great club. The first step is to boycott the Arsenal game…

    To all fans of Newcastle United FC and all media outlets. Due to the ongoing situation at our great club, we would like to confirm that the following groups are now working together:-

    • @IfRafaGoesWeGo
    • @emptyforashley
    • @TheMagpieGroup_
    • @AshleyOutdotcom
    • @Mike_Ashley_Out
    • @NUFC360
    • @LondonMagpies
    • @maintainSJP
    • @NWestMagpies

    Our initial aim is to mobilise a boycott of the Arsenal game (#BoycottArsenal) on the 11th of August with details and plans to boycott future games to be announced in the coming weeks. This is step one in our plan to starve Mike Ashley of the thing he desires most: money.

    That’s why we will be focusing on a full boycott of matchday activities at St James’ Park going forward (#BoycottSJP) and this will be our mantra until the club has new ownership. We collectively will not be putting another penny in Mike Ashley’s hands and so we have effectively banned ourselves from entering SJP, Nine bar, the club shop or any Sports Direct store nationwide. We are in the process of organising protests at SD branches nationwide; more details will follow.

    Boycotting is the hardest decision any of us will likely ever make regarding NUFC. We will still support the club and follow them at away games but this no longer feels like ‘our’ club and it is time to make a stand.

    Contact details:-
    We welcome any input, support, ideas and help from like-minded supporters and supporters groups worldwide. If you would like to be part of this movement in any way please contact us at: SJPBoycott@gmail.com

  • Mindshaft

    Jul 13, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Clubs a joke , no plan, no strategy, no contacts, o manager. Only club in top two divisions ( maybe all) not to bring in anyone despite losing both our top goalscorers , a regular midfielder and Kennedy …. Oh it’s okay, we have money in the bank
    Shatshow – up yours charnley and Ashley out

  • outside the box

    Jul 13, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #3

    steve has been told 3 yr contract on similar money but with bonuses for staying in premier and finishing position..
    but also include penalties for cancelling paying up contract in full…
    he would not have final say on transfers in or out or contracts…
    sheff wed have asked for payment for all coaches contracts paid up front plus compo for having to find new manager…
    chronicle were told after their ashley ban that reinstatement meant that no anti ashley and co were to be printed…

  • TyneMouth

    Jul 13, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #4

    I would like to ask Steve Bruce,

    (if he were able to ask his Dad,)

    as to whether he, Steve, should consider leaving Sheffield Wednesday, (at short notice!)

    and, subsequently accept the offer to work for Mike Ashole?

    What do you think Steve’s Dad would advise his son to do?

  • outside the box

    Jul 13, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    got info from guy called huggy …the man in the know…
    wont be far wrong

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 13, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Its spelt: S-O-R-E-N-S-E-N

  • jazzyp

    Jul 13, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #7


    Cracking post mate.I will be there

  • bill

    Jul 13, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #8


    He would be a mug to accept that. Who wants who here? If you really want a manager you give him what he needs to do the job. No wonder Rafa left.
    If I were in charge at the Chronicle I would start Ashley bashing as a sport. Circulation would increase.

  • jonnyshaw85

    Jul 13, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #9

    IF Newcastle do pay £5m for Bruce; it would be interesting to see where he would rank on NUFC signings under Ashley…?

  • bill

    Jul 13, 2019 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #10


    Signed up for something but not sure what.

  • jonnyshaw85

    Jul 13, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11

    …..And what about the age policy of not buying anyone over 27

  • investinyouthtoon

    Jul 13, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Was talking to a few lads at work yesterday and they all agreed that were this happening in Liverpool or Glasgow clubs, MA would be face down in the Clyde or the Mersey. This would not be tolerated at all there.

    People are entitled to do what they want to, however is sitting at SJP idly by as the club dies a slow death. Picture this, your beloved family dog is being slowly strangled by a giant snake, would you stand by doing bugger all?

    I still have some hope that the club will be taken over, and when that day comes there’ll be scenes of euphoria, however until that day comes all hope has gone and pride in our club and city has been diminished.

  • jonnyshaw85

    Jul 13, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #13

    ….and what about his resale value…???

  • jonnyshaw85

    Jul 13, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #14

    Ok, I’ll stop now

  • Genjikai

    Jul 13, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #15

    Just to let you know toon22 has been emailing is and is fully signed up to attending the protests, just like us all we are just waiting on a date.
    Unlike you whos not going to turn up.
    I can see him trying to get ashley out if the club, what are you doing? Nowt aye thought so.
    Your crusade against him is futile.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 13, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #16

    Lee Charnley has informed the Local Press that the delay in getting a new Manager in will not affect their Transfer Plans as they dont really plan to do any transfers

  • Jib

    Jul 13, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #17

    I’d take Ricky Marin
    We’d be “Livin’ the vida loca”

    I’ll get me coat

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #18

    If Steve Bruce is a true Geordie and lifelong supporter of NUFC, he should turn the job down and continue to honour his contract at Sheff Wed.That’s what an honourable man would do. All other managers both in and out of work should support Rafa by refusing to even talk to Ashlie. I think most are, by the number of high profile names who have allegedly been linked with the Club. This would be by far the best way of getting rid of Toxic Ash. With no manager (Puppet,Stooge, Yes Man ) he is stuffed. What’s he going to do manager the team himself?

  • Jib

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #19

    Of course toon22 has e-mailed you that just
    confirms he’s one of the usual suspects .

  • Jib

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #20

    Martin even

  • kimbo

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #21

    Dubs to Villa or Spurs, I thought we were already at rock bottom.

  • Genjikai

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #22

    Sure maybe its you jib and its a trap to hunt you down and slay you.

  • Genjikai

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #23

    Cut the head of the snake off

  • geordietom

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #24


    i’ll believe when i see it . or hear off you he turned up . i live in derby as you know . if there was owt going on in my area i’d be there in a heart beat …

    not just my crusade though is it …

    at least you have been vocal about the protests from day one credit given to you for that …

    anyway you can let me know if he turns up then i’ll leave off on that about the frog …

  • Genjikai

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #25

    Geordie tom
    How would i ever know it was him?
    We are all anonymous, geordies in the dark.
    I dont know peter from paul.
    All i know is we are all standing for the same cause.
    Each with a dagger waiting to strike.
    Let the fat mans blood run down Northumberland street.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #26

    Fake News Kimbo. Like 99% of all media talk about our once great club.
    If the likes of Longstaff, Dubravka, Almiron, Schar , Lejeune or Lascelles are sold there’ll be real trouble on Tyneside

  • geordietom

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #27

    genikai …

    you’ll know its him mate …

    hiya kba . your a shill . or maybe he looks like his Avatar …

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #28

    What’s the current price of Mushroom sh1te on Tyneside at the moment? Must be selling at a premium.

  • outside the box

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #29

    cannot understand not taking sorensen or inclusion with first team…..strikers need confidence …people may not agree but goalscorers do not have to be good footballers..it helps but instinct is more important…gary lineker …barry thomas …supermac .were not the best footballers but thrived on confidence…they need games and exposure nufc again have shown lack of judgement …taking players like colback joselu …4 goalkeepers for two games …can only be for putting in shop window…

  • Genjikai

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #30

    Thats the problem with the blog people dont look like there avatar.
    Like am not saddam statue with an ashley head stuck on getting pulled down.
    I just hope he wears a frog mask.

  • Toon222

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #31

    I wouldnt be 1 bit surprised if the club knew the protests were gonna happen then the day of the arsenal game they announce the takeover officially, leaving us with no new players, a manager we dont want and waitin to january to sign players which is always a very difficult window

    This are the kind of sick b@stards we’re dealing with

    They are fcuking us over big time

    We need 2 unite and not giv a fcuk together, they thrive of our misery

    When we stop giving a fcuk and stop giving our money we cut off their air supply


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #32

    I asked the same question yesterday, you can add Toure and Charman to that question as well. 3 Young real prospects who would benefit greatly from the experience and as you say we aren’t exactly overstocked with strikers at the moment so blooding them isn’t exactly a rocket science idea.

    I also wondered about Fernandez but he still might be rehabilitating from the bad injury last year, don’t think there’s any similar problem with the others.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #33


    It should be every Nufc fans crusade mate no matter where you live.
    Imagine 20,000 fans protesting outside SJP.
    That would make the national news worldwide.
    We gotta give it at least a try mate

  • Genjikai

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #34

    That would be great news cause Ashley would be gone.
    Even if we were relegated afterwards at least we had our club back.
    Wouldnt put it past them but it wouldnt matter.
    We will get our club back.

  • geordietom

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #35

    genjikai …

    how many are gonna turn up do you know . but why in the dark . think it would be better to do it in day light …

  • Genjikai

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #36

    Jasszy p
    It did work.
    The mass protest outside sjp against hull in 2009.
    We made a stand and thats the first time he came out with an interview saying he was going to sell.

    All should read that.

  • Genjikai

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #37

    If you think a boycott and protest is futile and wont work look at this quote from the article.
    You don’t need to demonstrate against me again because I have got the message. Any further action will only have an adverse effect on the team. As fans of Newcastle United you need to spend your energy getting behind, not me, but the players who need your support.

  • geordietom

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #38

    JAZZY …

    i hope 50 thousand turn up . that would make a big statement. tell the tv companies whats going on ect ect …

  • davo

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #39

    I love your passion Genjikai, maintain the rage.

  • Jib

    Jul 13, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #40

    Preseason is NOT the time to blood young players
    You have a few 1st team players who have recently
    re-joined the club or weren’t played much under Rafa
    pre-season is used get them back in the groove


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