Elias Sorensen has admitted that he lost his fitness during his failed loan spell with Carlisle United.
The youngster endured a tough start to the season, in a campaign which should have been the start of something special.
Having barely played at Blackpool last season, Sorensen dropped down to League Two in search of games.
However, he had exactly the same problems at Carlisle.
The striker struggled to get into the team, barely featuring for the fourth tier outfit. He played 11 times in all competitions before his loan deal was terminated.
Sorensen is now back with the Newcastle Under-23s and scoring goals, and has spoke about his struggles away from the north east.
“I feel like I’m nearly back to what I was before I went out on loan,” he told the club’s official website.
“I lost a bit of fitness when I went away and didn’t play as much as I wanted to but I feel like I’m nearly back to full fitness.”
A lot of Newcastle fans can’t understand why it didn’t work out for Sorensen at Carlisle. However, fans in the north west were less than impressed with the striker.
And murmurs from the Carlisle camp suggest the 20-year-old didn’t do enough to earn a place in the team.
If he wasn’t fit enough, then why would they play him? Perhaps he isn’t doing enough work on the training ground to prove he should play. But that’s merely speculation.
The big worry is that this is the second loan spell in a row where Sorensen has flopped.
But when he dons the black and white stripes, he’s lethal in front of goal. But that’s youth football rather than the senior game.
It would be a bold move by Bruce to hand Sorensen a Premier League opportunity following his struggles further down the footballing ladder.
Sorensen’s career is at a crossroads, and it’s difficult to guess where he’s heading.