Lasse Sorensen recently spoke exclusively to us after winning the AllLincoln 2023/24 Player of the Season.

City have a chance to secure a League One playoff position against Portsmouth on the final day of the regular league campaign, but no matter what happens at Sincil Bank, the season will be viewed as a success by everyone involved. Lasse has missed just two games this season in League One, and the 24-year-old believes consistent minutes has given him a chance to improve, and put together a strong run of form. 

He said: “The season’s gone well, I’ve been happy with it. On a personal level and a team level it’s been a good season. I’ve played lots of minutes, which always helps with performance levels because you get into a rhythm, so I’ve been pleased with it, but there’s always something to improve.

Lasse Sorensen with the 2023/24 AllLincoln Player of the Season award.

Goals and 50-yard passes is known to grab the headlines in football, but hard-work is an attribute that never goes unnoticed by a fanbase. Lasse is recognised as one of the hardest workers on the team, constantly getting up and down the right-wing, both offensively and defensively.

When we touched upon his reputation for being a hard-worker, Lasse said: “I always believe if you work hard every single game you’ll never really play badly. Sometimes on the ball it can different, but if you work hard you should be alright.”

The 23/24 campaign has seen Lasse continue his development as a right wing-back. Signing for the club in 2021 as a midfielder, not even he would’ve predicted a change in position to the right hand side of the pitch but he admitted he’s loved every minute of it.

He added: “I love it. It’s where I play now, it’s the position I see myself in. I never thought I would say it, but I’ve loved every single minute of playing there and I think it suits the way I play and what I can do. 

When we spoke about the change in head coach during the season, Lasse took his time to praise the impact Michael Skubala, and his training sessions in particular have made. The Dane also heaped the plaudits on assistant head coaches, Chris Cohen and Tom Shaw.

“It’s been really good. Michael Skubala has come in and been really good around the place. His training sessions and everything he brings has been really good. 

“Obviously we’ve got Chris Cohen as well who has come in, which has been a massive boost. We all really like him and he’s a wonderful coach. Then there’s Tom Shaw, who has been here for sometime and we all know how good he is too. We’ve got a good coaching group, and you can see that on the pitch.”

Credit: Graham Burrell

The Imps go into the final game of the regular season with the second best defensive record, conceding just one more goal than Derby County. Lasse spoke about the trust he has in the defenders behind him and how that’s helped him have an impact in the final third of the pitch. 

“They defend the box well, and that allows me to get forward, which I love. I like to run forward and get on the back stick, get crosses in and it always help when you don’t have to worry as much about what’s going on behind you. 

“I know I have to run back and defend as much I have to run forward and one thing for sure is they’ll tell me if I don’t do that. It makes it easier to go forward though, because you don’t have to worry when they’re behind you.”

Lasse’s impact in the final third has been noticeable throughout the whole campaign, scoring six goals alongside eight assists. 23/24 has statistically been the Dane’s best season in the red and white of the Imps. 

When I asked him about his attacking contributions he said: “If anything I should’ve had a few more. I’ve scored six goals but there’s definitely other chances where I could’ve done better and same with assists. The position helps, being able to get forward and closer to the goal, and then it’s all about putting the ball in the net or in the right area for someone else.”

By Joe Briley

AllLincoln Site Owner.