Here's what Rafa Benitez had to say about Elias Sorensen as the striker steps up at Newcastle

Elias Sorensen.
Elias Sorensen.

Elias Sorensen has been rewarded for his goalscoring exploits at Newcastle United – with a first-team call-up.

Sorensen has trained with the senior squad ahead of Saturday's Premier League home game against Bournemouth.

The 19-year-old has scored 11 goals for the club's Under-23 side so far this season.

Sorensen scored two goals in last week's 4-1 away win over Manchester United, and Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has been tracking his progress.

Speaking to the Gazette last month, Benitez said: "I was watching him.

“We know him and I know he’s doing really well. I was talking with Ben (Dawson, United’s Under-23 coach).

"We’re monitoring players. We’re watching them, so we keep an eye on them for sure, and that’s it.”

Sorensen scored in last month's 2-0 Checkatrade Trophy win over League Two club Notts County at Meadow Lane.

“I feel very confident at the moment, scoring the goals,” said Sorensen. “It would have been a different story if you’re struggling to score or miss a lot of chances.

“When it goes your way and goes in the back of the net, basically you’re in the sky and flying with confidence.”

Sorensen joined the club as a 16-year-old two years ago from HB Koge in his native Denmark.