Sunderland’s young players have certainly been in the news more than usual this season. With the Black Cats relegated to League One, it appeared plenty of the younger players were set for a chance at the Stadium of Light.
One player who would have been hoping that was the case is Andrew Nelson. Sunderland were looking short in the striking position over the summer. With the likes of Ashley Fletcher and Joel Asoro no longer at the club, Nelson will have felt he had a chance.
Especially after his form last season. Nelson was loaned out to Falkirk last January and thrived in Scotland. He scored four and assisted three goals in 12 Scottish Championship fixtures before a fractured cheekbone cut his season short.
His injury troubles continued in the summer. The 21-year-old required surgery on a toe problem in June and he only recently made his comeback for the under-23s.
Were it not for this injury, chances are Nelson would have been handed a chance at the start of the season.
Sunderland went on to sign Jerome Sinclair and Charlie Wyke in the summer. With Wyke and Duncan Watmore both making good progress in their recovery from injury, it appears Nelson will be down the pecking order yet again come January.
He should certainly consider heading back out on loan. Sunderland have a talent on their hands in Nelson but he needs to carry on playing regularly, hopefully picking up where he left off last term.