Elias Sorensen did not make the matchday squad for Carlisle United this afternoon in their FA Cup 2nd round match at Forest Green.
— Carlisle United FC (@officialcufc) November 30, 2019
The 20-year-old missed out on last weekend’s 0-0 draw against Cambridge due to an illness. It was thought that Sorensen would be back in contention for today’s match so his absence is a big concern. He was spotted at training yesterday in images released by Carlisle United.
Elias Sorensen– in Friday’s training session
Carlisle just announced Chris Beech as Steven Pressley’s replacement this past Tuesday. It was hoped that the new manager would opt to use Sorensen more than his predecessor. However, today’s developments have to be a big concern for all at Newcastle.
Just yesterday, Newcastle Academy head spoke about Elias’s loan spell to the Chronicle. Dawson still seems calm about the situation. However, he must see an issue with the youngster nowhere near a starting place.
“It is a difficult one for him. Ultimately he needs to try to get in their team (Carlisle).
“Sometimes showing a bit of will can send a message to the manager by showing he is prepared to play in those type of games.
“It’s him saying: ‘Look I am digging in here and working hard and want to play’, so in that respect it’s not a bad thing.
“We are obviously monitoring the situation closely. Shola Ameobi is speaking to Elias and Carlisle on a regular basis.
“We haven’t got any major concerns at this point in time. We will meet next week as we always do with the loan manager to discuss not only him but also the other lads we have on loan.”
If Sorensen can’t break into the team at Carlisle under three different managers, then alarm bells should be ringing. Sorensen made just 6 appearances under Steve Pressley in the league and only a very late cameo under his assistant Gavin Skelton after Pressley was sacked.
Now Sorensen has failed to even make the squad in the FA Cup second round. While the lad could still be suffering from his illness, he was at training yesterday, so we have to hold out hope that he just wasn’t ready to return.
However, Carlisle play at Morecombe next Saturday and we need to see Sorensen in Chris Beech’s team, or it could be time to recall the striker back to Newcastle.
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