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“I Phoned Shola Yesterday” – Carlisle Manager Claims Newcastle Are Happy With Sorensen’s Loan Move

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:

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.

5 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 11, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Throughout September, October and November last season, Elias Sorensen played three matches against League One and League Two opposition in the Checkatrade Trophy for NUFC U21s (Doncaster Rovers, Notts County and Grimsby Town). He scored in every match and NUFC U21s were victorious each time. He also pulled in a couple of assists.

    This season, he’s actually joined a League Two club but is not playing against other League Two clubs and has not yet scored a goal, largely due to the fact he’s not getting any playing time at all.

    What is the point of him being at Carlisle? He’s absolutely wasted there at the moment. He is already a proven scorer at that level and for them to overlook him is absolutely criminal. We should be revoking the loan agreement with immediate effect and bringing him home to NUFC.

    Better he plays with our reserves with the opportunity to link up with our first team from time to time than play with Carlisle reserves and link up with their collection of first team has-beens and never-weres from time to time.

    I’m actually way more angry about this than I should be, but he’s a talent and needs to be nurtured in the correct way.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 11, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    In case anyone wants to check the stats I’ve presented above, the match reports are all here:

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 11, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    I am still struggling to understand why if mike Ashley bought the land from previous owners he is not allowed to sell this land that he owns? Is he not allowed to sell our club? No wonder this takeover is taking a long time. 🙂

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 11, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Mike Ashley has done so many things wrong at this club focusing on this land sale really stops the conversation being on the more important and shocking points of his ownership.

  • AncientC

    Oct 11, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    I have enjoyed catching up on the blog; especially Jib referencing somebody else as “weasel”.

    Interesting that Jeff from Benwell liked to use the term “twixt”. Now where have we seen that one before? The evidence keeps mounting…

    “Weasel” indeed.


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