Elias Sorensen was expected to have a big future in the Premier League at Newcastle United – but he can’t get a game for League Two Carlisle United.

Newcastle United U23 coach Neil Redfearn has admitted that The Magpies have an option to re-call the seldom-seen Elias Sorensen as he continues to struggle for game-time on loan at Carlisle United, in quotes reported by the Chronicle.

The Danish forward is one of the most highly-rated youngsters to emerge through the ranks at St James’ Park in many a year and, with 16 goals in 25 games for the reserves last season, many Newcastle fans were hoping that Sorensen would be given a run of games in the first team.

Instead, he is toiling during a loan spell at Brunton Park. The 20-year-old is yet to score a goal for Carlisle and he’s played just 153 minutes across six League Two appearances so far.

And Redfearn has admitted that things are hardly panning out as expected.

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“It’s a difficult one. I know I have said on the record in the past that he needs to fight it out, but obviously the idea of him going out on loan is that he plays,” said the former Leeds boss, while admitting that Sorensen could return to St James’ Park in January.

“If he’s on the bench and not coming on, it’s not what we want, it’s not what we need.

“The reports that we are getting back are that he’s working really hard and desperately trying to do the right things to get in so we are getting that, but there is no getting away from the fact he needs to play.”

Sorensen has been an unused sub on eight appearances for Carlisle and Newcastle will be concerned that the striker is missing out on game-time during a crucial point in his young career.

Maybe the best course of action is to send him on loan to another Football League club in the second half of the season, one which plans to use Sorensen far more frequently.

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