Stoke City’s young midfielder Lasse Sorensen won’t be short of loan offers if the club decide that’s the best way to progress his career.
The 20-year-old’s agent, Gary Mellor, has revealed there have been a number of inquiries about the Dane this season.
Sorensen joined Stoke from Esbjerg in 2016 and made his Premier League debut under Paul Lambert on the final day of 2017/18, when Stoke had already been relegated. He set up a goal for Peter Crouch after demanding free-kick duties off Xherdan Shaqiri.
Chances have been limited in the Championship, partly due to injury, but he has been mentioned by Michael O’Neill on several occasions.
He was also in the headlines earlier this month for his efforts in training at home during lockdown.
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Sorensen came top in the first week in May, leading a top six that also included Arsenal’s Kiernan Tierney, Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard and Sorensen’s Stoke team mate Jordan Cousins.
Mellor says that won’t be any surprise to players who have worked with Sorensen, including in City’s under-23s coached by Kevin Russell and Wade Elliott.
“I just think he is one of the best young professionals in football. He is an unbelievable athlete, as you can see.
“I know Kev Russell and Wade Elliot think he is special. We have had top League One clubs approach us about a loan. I think it would have been a good fit for Lasse to go out and play.
“With the injury to Joe Allen, Michael O’Neill came out and said he would have been in the frame. Not necessarily starting but he I am sure he would have been on the bench.”
Stoke City’s best home-grown young players have traditionally enjoyed time on loan before making the breakthrough with City.
Andy Wilkinson had spells with Telford, Partick, Shrewsbury and also Blackpool where Carl Dickinson also gained experience.
More recently, Tyrese Campbell was loaned to Shrewsbury and Harry Souttar has been at Fleetwood.
Mellor, of Beswicks Sports, says Sorensen gained plenty from that Premier League debut on the final day of the campaign at Swansea.
He said: “You could see the confidence the players had in Lasse at that age; they just gave him the ball, even if he had people around him.
“So, as a defensive midfielder he has got the chance to be special and it won’t be through lack of effort. What we have to do is try to create him the opportunities that we got people like an Andy Wilkinson and others when they were coming through.”