It’s been a strange old season for Newcastle United who, until recently, looked doom for the drop.
Working with relatively restricted funds, an unpredictable owner, injuries, and a limited pool of quality, Rafael Benitez has manoeuvred his team into 15th position, 12 points behind what is traditionally considered to be the “safe zone” (36).
With new signing Miguel Almiron arriving in January toppling what was the longest standing record in the Premier League (14 years without breaking transfer record), Mike Ashley has set himself up nicely to go another decade without feeling the need to spend another penny his club or, indeed, show any sign of ambition.
That being said, Benitez will likely need to dip into their youth system if he wants to freshen up his squad at any point this year.
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Newcastle certainly aren’t short of suitors in the goalkeeper position with Martin Dubravka, Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow all competing for a starting spot.
However, there’s no harm in looking at the future, and there’s certainly a bright one ahead of Will Brown. The young man has already featured a number of times for Newcastle under-16s and under-18s, and has been lauded by Guardian journalist Louise Taylor for his “technical ability” and “ideal temperament”.
Certainly one to watch…
Elias Sørensen is certainly one of the brightest talents in Newcastle’s youth system having netted 16 goals in 20 appearances, including 4 goals in the EFL trophy against senior English League sides.
From what we known of Sørensen, he’s a criminally underrated player in his home nation of Denmark, due to the fact he came through the ranks of one of lesser sides and moved abroad relatively early in his career. His finishing and physical game is developing rapidly now he’s used to English football, and his maturity on the ball will only improve in years to come.
Sørensen’s loan move to Blackpool this January suggests to us that Benitez is preparing the player for first-team action, and is more than willing to give him an opportunity to fight for a place amongst Newcastle United’s current misfiring forwards.
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