Grimsby Town loan midfielder Elliot Embleton is set to extend his stay at Blundell Park until the end of the season, after talks with Black Cats’ boss Jack Ross, according to reports in the North East.
Sources close to the England under-20 international state that Embleton would rather stay and play regular football with the Mariners in League Two, instead of returning to the Stadium of Light without the guarantee of first-team football.
Embleton returned to Sunderland after the Mariners’ excellent 2-1 win at Exeter City in League Two, to inform Ross of his desire to stay in Cleethorpes.
And the Sunderland boss is understood to not want to stand in the player’s way, as the 19-year-old is highly-rated by the backroom team at the Stadium of the Light.
Ross told the Sunderland Echo: “In football, it is interesting, when you sign or bring players in on loan there is often this ‘well, am I going to play?’ but with the greatest will in the world, you can’t guarantee any player that.
“Even with the young players; ‘am I going to get opportunities?’ Well, you might get opportunities, ‘will I play every week?’ – who knows?
“That is something Elliot will have to weigh up as well.
“I have been pleased with how he has done on his loan spell, he couldn’t have done any more in terms of why we put him out on loan and what he could get from it.
“That makes what we do with him next that bit more challenging because he has done so well.
“If he had gone there and hadn’t played regularly, the decision would be easier.”
Embleton has been a huge hit at Blundell Park, netting four times in 18 appearances, since his loan move to the club in August.
He has put in some fine displays as Michael Jolley’s men have moved themselves up the SkyBet League Two table.
The Durham-born player is out of contract at the Stadium of Light at the end of the season.