Elias Sorensen was able to get his first appearance for Carlisle United this weekend as he came on as a substitute in the 55th minute.
McKirdy replaced by Sorensen for us #cufc
— Carlisle United FC (@officialcufc) August 17, 2019
Sorensen didn’t make much of an impact in this initial appearance, but he had just joined the League Two club the previous day.
This is a significant loan move for Elias as it has been well-chronicled what happened at Blackpool. In his appearance for Carlisle on Saturday, Elias already has more minutes on the pitch than at Blackpool.
There is, however, no agreement between Carlisle and Newcastle mandating that Elias play a specified amount of time.
The News and Star have the following comments from Carlisle manager Steven Pressley about the loan agreement with Newcastle.
“It’s entirely in our hands,
“It’s like every loan player – they [the parent clubs] want them here, and they want them to play, but they respect us managers have to make these decisions.
It will be up to young Elias to prove that he is ready for first-team football. We would imagine, however, that if this spell starts to go the way of Blackpool that Newcastle will similarly pull the plug and terminate the loan.
However, we do have faith that this move will work out well for Sorensen. We know he has the quality to score goals, and he just needs to get the confidence to do that while on loan.
Steven Pressley went on to express his confidence in Sorensen’s ability and his hope that he will score goals while at Carlisle.
“I hope he will bring goals, and he’ll bring a movement in behind. I think he’s very effective.
“Unfortunately [on Saturday] with the way Mansfield set up, they tried to kill the space in behind so we didn’t manage to quite utilise him in behind.
“It was good to get him on, and we hoped he could provide us with the impact we wanted.
“It wasn’t the case, but I’m sure we’ll see a lot more of him in the coming weeks.
“I think he’ll bring a real threat behind and he’s a real goalscorer.”
We will continue to monitor Sorensen’s progress during his loan spell. That will resume tomorrow when Carlisle travel to Cheltenham for their next fixture in the league.
Cheltenham Town manager Michael Duff is very aware of Elias Sorensen and what he could deliver for Carlisle tomorrow. This is what he has said about young Elias in Gloucestershire Live:
“They have brought in the young lad Sorensen from Newcastle, a very good player and someone we were interested in both last January and in the summer.
“He went away with the first team. I think he might come into the team and he’ll give them good legs and a real goal threat.”