Sunderland midfielder Elliot Embleton is in talks with the Black Cats over an extension of his current contract, according to The sun on sunday (September 19, page 61).
The academy graduate has worked his way into Lee Johnson’s plans this season after an impressive second half of the 2020-21 season on loan at Blackpool, where he helped the Seasiders win promotion to the Championship.
Although Neil Critchley is interested in a permanent deal for the 22-year-old, a decision never came to fruition and instead, Embleton started the campaign in a prominent role as an attacking midfielder for the Sunderland squad.
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Embleton has scored twice in seven League One appearances so far this season and has also added two assists to that tally and is quickly becoming an important figure along with fellow young local Dan Neil.
With less than a year on his current contract, Sunderland’s hierarchy appear keen to tie Embleton to a longer-term deal after his start to the season in hopes he will continue his good form.
It’s a smart Sunderland business that seems to be run much more professionally these days.
Their summer recruiting has been impressive, bringing in experienced heads and mixing them with a host of exciting loan deals and young permanent recruits, as well as going Continental with two German recruits.
But it’s also important to keep your current best players and after fans begged Johnson for a chance, Embleton repays the faith shown in him.
He proved to Blackpool last season that he is a top player at this level and maybe if he was involved last season at the Stadium of Light the play-offs might have gone a bit differently, but Embleton is now making up for lost time and is making Sunderland fans very happy.