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Sunderland half-term loan report: Kone thriving, Embleton and Stryjek good for the future

Sunderland have plenty of players out on loan at present. So how are they getting on?

Lamine Kone – Strasbourg

The Frenchman was one of many big earners who had to leave this summer. He headed to Alsace on a deal that can be made permanent for £1.8 million, according to L’Equipe.

Based on his current form they will surely want to make that happen. Kone has worked his way into the starting XI and put in a fine display against PSG recently. Scored his first goal for the club at the weekend.

Half-term grade: A-

Elliot Embleton – Grimsby Town

The England youth international is a top prospect at the Stadium of Light and was very nearly not loaned out.

A technically gifted player the rough and tumble of League Two has been occasional hard-going.

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But he has scored four goals and worked his way into a regular starting position. Certainly one for the future.

Half-term grade: C+

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 24: Sam Foley of Northampton Town contests the ball with Elliot Embleton of Grimsby Town during the Sky Bet League Two match between Northampton Town and Grimsby Town at Sixfields on November 24, 2018 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Max Stryjek – Eastleigh

Initially, a one-month loan deal has been extended and the Polish talent has been brilliant for Stewart Donald’s former team. Now their number one stopper he even has an assist this season.

His contract is up at Sunderland in the summer but the Black Cats should seriously consider handing him a deal.

Half-term grade: B-

Sam Brotherton – Blyth Spartans

The Kiwi has played just once in the National League this season. Injury has set him back so it would be harsh to give him a rating.

Hopefully, he can stay fit and get some first-team football in 2019.

Half-term grade: N/A

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