Newcastle recalled young hotshot Elias Sorensen from a loan spell at Blackpool last season, as the Dane struggled to get any game-time on the north west coast.
It was hoped that he would fare better during his current temporary switch at Carlisle, but so far it has been much of the same for the striker, with minutes on the pitch proving elusive.
The Chronicle report Newcastle are “monitoring” Sorensen’s situation, and recalling him is an option available to the Magpies.
Carlisle manager, Steven Pressley, does not think an early Newcastle return is likely for the player, however, with him telling the News and Star that he has not had any contact with Newcastle.
Asked if Newcastle had spoken to him with any concerns of Sorensen, he said: “No. Actually, part of a young player’s development is coming out to a team and having to fight for your place.
“That’s real football, and part of their development. Steve Bruce and the Newcastle staff will understand – this is a big part of his development.”
Sorensen could help out Newcastle’s under-23 team if recalled
The annoying part of all this is what a waste of talent it is, with the player tipped for a bright future, yet sitting on the sidelines twiddling his thumbs.
He could be doing that on the fringes of the Newcastle senior squad, while getting ample playing time for Neil Redfearn’s under-23 side.
In fact, it could be argued that a Sorensen return is needed, due to the struggles of the second-string side this season.
Redfearn’s team have only won two games so far this season, having lost their latest game at West Brom on Monday, with Newcastle sitting 10th in the Premier League 2 Second Division.
Pressley has insisted he is offering support to Sorensen in the form of extra training sessions, but if his chances remain limited, bringing him back to Newcastle could be seen as the best move for everyone.
Certainly Redfearn would be grateful for the added fire-power for the under-23 games ahead – including a Wear-Tyne derby next month.