Blackpool boss Terry McPhillips has hinted that he may finally be ready to call up young Danish hotshot, and Newcastle loanee, Elias Sørensen, for their next game away to Burton Albion on Saturday.
It has certainly been a sensitive topic on Tyneside, with Rafa Benitez openly not pleased at his player’s lack of playing opportunities since his temporary move to Bloomfield Road.
He was a goal machine for the Magpies’ second string during the first half of the season, netting 16 times in just 19 U-23 appearances, but has been left out of six consecutive Blackpool squads following his only 32 minutes of action in a tangerine jersey.
But with a couple of injuries being picked up by first-team regulars, who may join a host of other players on the treatment table, now may be the time for Sørensen, with McPhillips telling the Blackpool Gazette that he has “done nothing wrong” and simply been “unlucky” not to be playing.
The Tangerines boss said: “I’m in touch with the Under-23s coach at Newcastle. With the injuries we’ve got now I think he’ll come back into the squad.
“He’s just been unlucky, he’s done nothing wrong. You’ve just seen tonight [against Doncaster], Michael Nottingham has been left out of the squad in recent weeks but he’s come in and scored.”
Although he didn’t go as far as confirming the Newcastle starlet will start the game, he did intimate that he would be involved in some capacity.
“At this stage it comes down to your squad and we’ve got a few missing now, so we will see and we will pick a team for Saturday. But it will be competitive.”
The fact that he may be involved in the coming weeks will be music to Rafa’s ears, but it still begs the question of why he has seen so little action when the main point of him going there was with the intention of getting experience in a competitive environment.
If he fails to break into the Blackpool lineup soon, we at the Tavern think Rafa would be better off recalling him to Tyneside and either getting him back into the U-23 side, or farming out to someone like National League Gateshead, who are still eligible to bring in loan signings.
What do you think Newcastle fans? Has it been a mistake to send him to the North West and should Rafa bring him back, or should he just be patient and await his chance? Let us know…