This season could be make or break for Elliot Embleton after the 19-year-old got to the fringes of the Sunderland squad. Now, he’s out on loan at Grimsby Town and is playing for his future.
Jack Ross signed the deal for the teenager to leave in order to play regularly and has become a fixture in the Grimsby team of late. Now, owner Stewart Donald has confirmed that the could be offered a new deal, speaking to Roker Report.
Often found in a deep-lying role, Embleton is incredibly flexible and can play anywhere across a back four, which could prove to be of real value for the Sunderland boss in the months to come.
It seems likely that he will be offered a new deal, particularly given the lack of options available to the Hammers in January.
His form for the fourth tier side has been strong and will likely have impressed those at the Stadium of Light as they look to strengthen their midfield in particular.
Sunderland are doing well on the pitch of late and Embleton may be disappointed to be missing out, but if he can continue to pursue his potential then he may well see a new contract waiting for him upon his return to his north-east home at Sunderland.