Elias Sorensen scored a goal in a Carlisle reserves game against Rangers earlier this week. It was his first goal since joining the League 2 club in what has been limited opportunities for Elias in the Carlisle first-team.
Late last month, Elias was handed just his second start in an EFL Trophy match against the Wolves U-21 team. It was Elias’s first full ninety since joining Carlisle. After that game, Carlisle manager Steven Pressley had this to say:
“I was really pleased with the improvements in some of our players.
“I just spoke with Shola Ameobi regarding Elias. He has just called me, and that’s the hardest he’s ever seen him work.
“He worked tirelessly tonight and that’s real improvement in the kid since he’s come in here. I’ve had a couple of good conversations with him.
“I’ve spoken to him about a number of things. For me, his response has been excellent. So that was really encouraging.”
After that appearance, Sorensen was an unused substitute in the next two league matches. So this week, Elias played with the reserves to keep his fitness levels up.
Pressley has given another interview in which he talks about his conversations with Newcastle loan manager Shola Ameobi.
Here is what Pressley said to BBC Cumbria about how Ameobi feels about Elias’s progression at Carlisle:
‘They are really happy.’
Steven Pressley has denied reports that Newcastle United are ‘unhappy’ with Elias Sørensen’s time so far at Carlisle.
— BBC Cumbria Sport (@bbccumbriasport) October 11, 2019
We have mentioned previously that it is up to Elias to force his way into this Carlisle team. He cannot just be handed a first-team place but needs to work for it.
However, he needs to be playing regularly at some point during this spell. While Sorensen is learning what it is like to be a professional, he was sent to Carlisle to get first-team football.
At some point, if it becomes clear he is not going to get it at Carlisle; he needs to be brought back to Newcastle where a more suitable arrangement can be coordinated.