Sunderland manager Jack Ross is under no illusions that Elliot Embleton could struggle to establish himself at the Stadium of Light.
The Durham-born 19-year-old is one of the most talented youngsters to emerge out of the Black Cats academy in recent times but, while the likes of Josh Maja, Denver Hume and Bali Mumba stayed at Sunderland over the summer, Embleton was farmed out to League Two Grimsby Town.
The midfielder is due to return to Wearside in January but, speaking to The Chronicle, Ross admitted that he would be wary of bringing Embleton back if he is going to be stuck in the stands.
Though, given the opportunity, Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley has suggested that he’d jump at the chance to keep hold of the teenager on the back of his impressive performances in England’s fourth tier.
“I’ve spoken with Jack Ross, so both sides are aware of what the situation is - we continue to monitor it, and let’s see what happens over the next few weeks,” Jolley told the Grimsby Telegraph.
“I think Elliot Embleton’s a really good player – he’s done well for us, and we value him highly.”
Embleton, who helped England’s U20s win the prestigious Toulon Tournament in 2017, has started nine League Two games so far from Grimsby Town.
But it is hard to see where he would get into the Sunderland side with a host of talented central midfielders at Jack Ross’ disposal.
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