The Imps have secured the second permanent signing of the summer, bagging Lasse Sorensen from Stoke City on a permanent deal.
Sorensen is a Denmark youth international who has represented his country up to U20 level, and he signs for City for an undisclosed fee, on a contract described as ‘long term’. You can’t help but feel this might just be the sort of signing that pitches him somewhere around the current club record.
Director of Football Jez George said: “We are really pleased that we have been able to sign a player of Lasse’s quality. We identified him as a player some time ago that we wanted to bring to the club and our persistence has now been rewarded. Lasse is a type of signing that we can now say is typical of Lincoln City.
“He has real potential to develop but is also ready to contribute immediately and make a big impact in the team. His profile as a player is a perfect fit for our style of play and Michael is really looking forward to working with him. We are delighted that Lasse has signed a long-term contract as he has the potential to be a real asset for the club.”
The 21-year-old began his career with Danish Superliga side Esbjerg fB before joining Stoke City in 2016, before making a Premier League debut in 2018 – making his Premier League debut for the club two years later against Swansea City as a holding midfielder. He made six further appearances during the aborted 2019/20 season but was then farmed out on loan to MK Dons. He made 34 appearances on loan with them last season, scoring once, but he didn’t feature in either game against us. He has 24 appearances for Denmark at youth level, 13 of which came for the Under 17 side. He appeared twice for them at Under 20 level in 2018, but as yet, hasn’t made the step up to Under 21.
I’ve spoken to MK Dons fan Jonathan Harries who saw him close up last season, and he had this to say about our new signing: “If you can fix his position, then you do have a player. He’s a creative deep midfielder with great set-piece delivery and a good distributor. Definitely got potential, and Appleton probably one of the best for developing players.”
Where is his best position? That certainly looks like something that is up for debate, and his last five positions for MK Dons don’t help. On May 1st, he played 61 minutes at right wing-back, and in their 3-0 defeat in the EFL Trophy against Sunderland, he played right back, defensive midfield and left centre midfield. Against Peterborough, he slotted in attacking midfield, as well as defensive midfield and left centre midfield.
My feeling here is we’ve signed a player in the Tayo Edun mould, someone that perhaps needs to define his role, as Jonathan suggests. Versatility is great, but exactly where the boy will play remains to be seen. He definitely adds a new dimension to our squad and I wonder if there’s a chance he’s been brought in to play on the right. He did play there for MK Dons against Norwich in the EFL Trophy, a game they won 6-0, with him scoring one and assisting another. In total, he bagged three assists and a goal during his time there but rarely turned out in an attacking role. Has Michael seen something there he likes the look of? Possibly.
This is a signing that took a few by surprise, I think we were all waiting for Teddy Bishop or Josh Griffiths to arrive, but it’s one that is bulging with potential. Earlier in the summer, the Stoke press reported that Championship clubs were interested in him, so it feels like a coup, but then all our signings do right now because they’re so un-Lincoln like.
I’ll have a deeper look at Lasse Sorensen tomorrow; the press release caught me out, so my prep wasn’t quite up to scratch, I’m afraid! However, to tide you over, here are some comments from a Stoke City messageboard a couple of days ago on his future role.
“I’m actually now seeing him more as a younger version of Clucas, however he doesn’t seem too far off already in the same respect of being able to do what Clucas can do in driving it forward out of midfield.” – Potterburt
“I see something in this lad, I’d definitely keep him around the squad as I think he’ll step up if needed.” – Prestwichpotter
“Right wing back seems like an interesting idea. I don’t think he has the mettle to do the job we need of a defensive midfielder, but he does have decent composure on the ball, is a decent build and has a great engine.” – Stokiematt1992