Frederick Sørensen: The Lake, Lyngby, & A Leap Of Faith

Posted on 15/11/2010


In late July Juventus were in the midst of a huge rebuilding process, a new President, Director General & Coach had already been appointed & a huge number of players were in the midst of moving both in & out of the club. However one young arrival went almost unreported when Frederik Sørensen embarked on a twelve day trial at the summer training camp at Pinzolo.
That experience did not work out as planned & after a few days training with the Youth Sector, the central defender played in a practice match & suffered a broken nose. Due to him only being on trial the player returned to Denmark for treatment from the club doctors at Lyngby where he has played since he was fifteen. The team earned promotion from the second tier to the Danish Superliga this summer having finished second, but Sørensen never made a first team appearance.
He has however made a number of appearances for Denmark’s Under 17 team as well as being called up to the Under 18 squad, & between these & what the player showed in the week he spent with Juventus in July, it was decided that the club would take him on loan for this season with an option to purchase him next summer if all went well. Lyngby coach Christian Nielsen said of the move;
“This transfer is perfect for Frederik, it gives him the chance to prove his talent at the highest level at one of the best clubs in Europe. He’ll have the chance to experience life as a professional in a big club. He has the experience & the competence to do well at Juventus.”
“Sø” – which translates literally as The Lake but is only a shortening of his surname not a considered nickname – played a number of matches for Giovanni Bucaro’sPrimavera side before the injury problems began to affect the first team’s defence. With Leandro Rinaudo, Zdenek Grygera & Armand Traoré all unavailable he was called into the matchday squad, making the bench against both Bologna & Milan.
During that win at San Siro Juventus also lost Paolo De Ceglie, Giorgio Chiellini & then Nicola Legrottaglie, which meant Leonardo Bonucci was the only fit defender available to play in the next fixture against Cesena. It was clear the Dane was going to be not only playing but starting & making his first team debut at home to the newly promoted side.
Playing alongside Bonucci he overcame some early game nerves, & became more dominant the longer the match went on. By full time Sørensen looked comfortable, which was remarkable in itself given his lack of experience & age in a league which rarely affords space to such a young prospect. The Juve coach also singled him out for praise, admitting to being impressed by the defenders second half display & describing him as “a great player already”.
In the next match Delneri turned to the previously cast-aside Fabio Grosso rather than persevere with his star pupil, only to bring him back for the huge clash with Roma in Turin. This was a huge display of faith in his young protégé, & he did not disappoint. Playing like he had been part of the side for years, Sørensen seems to have a firm grasp of the increasingly fluid system & its movements, sliding effortlessly into the fullback role, or forming part of a three man defence.
Seeing a previously unknown player joining the club & then proving to be such a talented find is testament to the scouting network now in place, led by the excellent Fabio Paratici & the feeling around the club is that the defender has fast become a favourite of Delneri. Given the fact he never looked out of his depth during his Serie A bow, nor against one of Serie A’s giants, it is most definitely a case of “so far, Sø good” for Frederick Sørensen.
Source: Il Tifosi
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