It’s time Newcastle United recalled Elias Sorensen from his loan spell at Carlisle United.
The Danish striker has been struggling for minutes all season, but his spell in Cumbria reached a low point last night, with him being an unused substitute in their FA Cup clash with Forest Green.
We had hoped the sacking of former boss Steven Pressley could see a new manager come in and give him a chance, yet the stats show that he’s been barely used in their last 10.
In this period he’s started once, been brought on in the dying stages twice, been an unused substitute 5 times and left out of the squad entirely on one occasion, giving him a grand total of 99 minutes of football from a possible 900.
Here’s his game time so far this season, exposing what a shambolic loan spell it has been for the Dani:
- Mansfield (H) – Played 34 minutes from the bench.
- Cheltenham (A) – Unused substitute.
- Salford (H) – Played 31 minutes from the bench.
- Rochdale (A) – Played 26 minutes from the bench (Carabao Cup)
- Scunthorpe (A) – Started. Played 45 minutes (subbed off at half time)
- Exeter (H) – Played 3 minutes from the the bench.
- Stevenage (A) – Unused substitute (fellow NUFC U-23 Kelland Watts played the full 90 for Stevenage)
- Forest Green (H) – Unused substitute (despite fact Carlisle were up against 10 men late on and needed a goal at 0-0).
- Bradford (A) – Played 8 minutes from the bench.
- Oldham (H) – Unused substitute.
- Newport (A) – Unused substitute.
- Crewe (H) – Unused substitute.
- Plymouth (A) – Played 32 minutes from the bench.
- Northampton (H) – Unused substitute.
- Leyton Orient (A) – Unused substitute.
- Macclesfield (H) – Unused substitute.
- Dulwich Hamlet (A) – Unused substitute.
- Morecambe (A) – Started (EFL Trophy). Played full 90 minutes.
- Port Vale (A) – Played 3 minutes from the bench.
- Cambridge (H) – Not in the squad.
- Forest Green (A) – Not in squad (FA Cup).
- Morecambe (A) – Played 6 minutes from bench.
- Forest Green (H) – Unused substitute (FA Cup).
In short, he’s being given a minute or two in their League fixtures and is only starting in their EFL Trophy games, meaning he’d be far better back playing regularly for our U-23’s.
It’s another loan move that’s gone horribly wrong for the 20-year-old, making you question if he’s still not ready for senior football or has simply got incredibly unlucky with his last two spells away from St James’ Park.
Either way, it’s time for Shola Ameobi to find him a new club or bring him back to Tyneside before things go from bad to worse.