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Newcastle United: The Sorensen mistake

Newcastle United rarely takes risks with young players, but Sorensen was worth it.

Newcastle United U23 v Macclesfield Town: Checkatrade Trophy Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

I wrote towards the tail end of last year that going into January, Newcastle United moving Elias Sorensen would be a colossal mistake. Of course, as we all know, my opinion has no weight at Newcastle and the player has been moved anyway. Sorensen has made the loan move to Blackpool until the end of the season.

I think it’s a great move for Sorensen, who is going to need more playing time with a professional club to secure his status as a true elite prospect. He’s amazed during his time in the youth Premier League, and he has promise a bonafide star for Newcastle United.

I get the Rafa Benitez would rather not put the fate of Newcastle United in the hands of an untested player. I get that if the club is relegated, Rafa would rather not have the morale of that player damaged. So it all makes sense as to why the player was loaned out, rather than thrown into what could very quickly become a losing situation.

It’s frustrating, however, knowing that Rafa Benitez is going to struggle for the rest of the season with the squad that he has. Sorensen had the potential to add some quality to the squad, and while it may not have worked out, he couldn’t have done any worse than what some of the players have been doing.

In the end, I think we’re going to see Sorensen not just succeed at Blackpool, but I think he’s going to thrive. The league is very easily below his skill level, and I hope that we see him in a Premier League game come next season.