Newcastle United have struggled badly for goals all season with just six in their first eight Premier League games. So how much longer can Rafa Benitez afford to ignore Elias Sorensen?
The 19-year-old Dane has been a revelation for the U23s in the opening weeks of 2018/19, raising hopes that he could be the first academy graduate since Paul Dummett to establish himself in Newcastle’s starting XI.
Sorensen scored again in Newcastle’s 2-0 Checkatrade Trophy victory against Notts County on Tuesday, meaning he has hit the net eight times in all competitions already since the campaign began.
And Magpies youth coach Ben Dawson believes the world is Sorensen’s oyster – though he has admitted that the teenager isn’t the easiest player to work with.
“He can be a testing character at times; you can see from his body language on the pitch he gets really annoyed with himself if he has a bad touch or missed a chance,” Dawson told The Chronicle.
“But the good this is he’s willing to work hard and he’s willing to listen.”
Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter after the victory against Notts County, arguing in their droves that Sorensen deserves a chance to prove himself in the Premier League in the near future.
But with Salomon Rondon returning to full fitness and Yoshinori Muto scoring his first league goal in the 3-2 defeat to Manchester United, would Benitez be willing to call upon the unproven youngster?