Newcastle fans are calling for youngster Elias Sorensen to be given a first-team opportunity after his amazing goal scoring form for the Under-23 side.
The Danish teenager has now scored 12 goals this season in all competitions, including a hat-trick against Aston Villa in Premier League 2 on Monday.
With the Newcastle first-team struggling for goals this season, fans are desperate to see the great Dane given a shot at Southampton this weekend.
Others however have taken a more realistic look at the 19-year old’s chances.
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Why Elias Sorensen needs more time
Despite his rich vein of form, it’s unlikely that Rafa Benitez will be calling up the youngster anytime soon.
It would be completely unfair to throw Sorensen into a Premier League team who are without a win and expect him to suddenly deliver the goods. He simply hasn’t experienced that kind of pressure in his short career.
It’s also important to note that Newcastle’s Under-23 side isn’t even in the top tier for their age group.
Newcastle currently sit in mid-table of the second division of Premier League 2.
It’s safe to say then that Sorensen might not have quite the same effect when playing against a Premier League side.
Newcastle have seen in the last few years with Adam Armstrong and Adam Campbell that goals in the youth team doesn’t guarantee instant success in the top tier.
But that’s not to take anything away from Sorensen’s achievements.
His eight goals in as many games is certainly an incredible feat and his future at the club looks bright.
But he needs to be slowly integrated into the team, not just chucked up front at the first sign of trouble for the Toon.
How Newcastle should handle Sorensen’s development
A good time to test the forward’s abilities would be in an FA Cup match in the new year.
Sean Longstaff, a talented midfielder in the U23 side, was given his first-team debut against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.
Perhaps Rafa should be looking to do the same with Sorensen. It would give fans a chance to see how he handles the pressure of a bigger game against a tougher side.
And if he performed well, there could be further opportunities for him in the league.
But for now, the teenager must continue his development away from the pressures of an ailing first-team.