Highly-rated Newcastle academy star Elias Sorensen has told the Chronicle how he intends to land his first-team breakthrough at United, but is likewise at ease with another spell away from Tyneside if that is what the club desire.
Despite our struggles in front of goal early in the recently concluded campaign, boss Rafa Benitez never offered Sorensen a senior appearance, and he was shipped out on loan to Blackpool in the winter, where things did not go much better for the Denmark youth international.
The 19-year-old was recalled midway through March having played just a single game for the Seasiders, but would see out the junior campaign with 20 goals to his name.
Benitez, should he stay, may now offer future star Sorensen a chance to prove he has something to offer next term come pre-season, like the boss did with academy graduate Sean Longstaff a year ago. But if the chance is not there, the 6 ft 2 centre-forward would be happy to find a new loan side.
“I’m open-minded [about my future],” he told the Chronicle. “I am just waiting to see what the club want me to do. If they want me to go on loan, I will happily do that, and if they want me to stay, I will be happy to do that. It is just up to the club what happens now.
“My loan at Blackpool didn’t go as I wanted it to. I came back here, and I have just tried to work hard, and I’ll keep doing that next season. That’s what I always do.
“I have kicked on from there. There have been lots of ups and downs, but when I look back over the summer, I think it has been a good season.
“I would have taken this season if you’d offered me it. Ben Dawson and I have spoken about it. I didn’t expect to do this will and nor did he. I’m just happy it went this way.”