Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez turns to teen striker Elias Sorensen in bid to solve his side’s goalscoring woes ahead of Bournemouth clashNovember 9, 2018
RAFA BENITEZ could call on academy ace Elias Sorensen in a desperate bid to boost his misfiring strikeforce.
The Newcastle boss has promoted the 19-year-old to first-team training ahead of Saturday’s clash at home to Bournemouth.
Danish youngster Sorensen scored twice in the 4-1 win against Manchester United Under-23s last Friday to take his season tally to 13.
Toon have scored just seven Premier League goals this season and are second-bottom only to Huddersfield (5).
Joselu is leading scorer with two while fellow forwards Salomon Rondon, Yoshinori Muto and Ayoze Perez have just one each.
Sorensen’s rise to first-team training could see him introduced into the fold as Benitez desperately tries to save the Magpies from a second relegation in three years.
Will Sorensen bring a change of Toon?
At 6ft 2in, Elias Sorensen is able to hold the ball up and bring other players into play.
But he is surprisingly agile, scoring a fantastic solo goal against Derby last November in which he dribbled past the midfield from the halfway line and fired in a 30-yard screamer.
Free-kicks are also in his locker having scored a belter against Manchester City in February.
Toon fans love him and have been desperate to see him brought into the team since his blistering start to the season.
It’s well worth giving Sorensen a chance – he’s a humble player with an adopted Geordie accent, and is bound to work his socks off in front of the Toon Army.
And his presence could provide the pressure needed for Newcastle’s strikers to start scoring.
Sorensen has set his sights high by hoping to emulate former Liverpool and Chelsea star Fernando Torres.
He said: “I think Rondon is a good player. I think he’s good at holding the ball up, he’s a strong, powerful player and good in front of goal as well.
“Fernando Torres, when he was at Liverpool. I used to support Liverpool before I came here. I watched him growing up and he was just unbelievable.”
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Sorensen reckons he has come on leaps and bounds since arriving on Tyneside from HB Koge in 2016.
He said: “When I moved here, I was struggling to play for the U18s, now I’m scoring a few a goals for the U23s.
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“The first year I came over, I wasn’t even starting for the 18s but now I’m playing regularly for the 23s, so it’s a massive improvement.”
Newcastle go into the Bournemouth game on the back of a much-needed win against Watford.
The result was Toon’s first victory of the season and lifts them out of the relegation zone.