Sunderland midfielder Elliot Embleton has emerged as a transfer target for newly-promoted Blackpool, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon.
What’s the story?
Embleton spent the second-half of the 2020/21 season on loan with Blackpool, having found regular game time with Sunderland hard to come by on a consistent basis.
But the midfielder certainly made up for lost time with the Tangerines, as he scored two goals, and was on hand to provide four assists for his team-mates, as they won promotion into the Championship, after a win over Lincoln City in the League One play-off final.
Will Embleton leave Sunderland this summer?
Embleton returned to the Stadium of Light when his loan spell with Blackpool reached a conclusion, and it appears as though he’s made a good impression on Neil Critchley’s side.
Journalist Alan Nixon has now revealed that Embleton is attracting interest from Blackpool on a permanent basis, although both clubs’ valuations of the 22-year-old are ‘well apart’, which hints that no agreement is near to be concluded.
They’re fighting a losing battle
Embleton has been with Sunderland since he was playing in their academy system, but has been restricted to just 21 appearances in total for their first-team at the age of 22.
He was sent out on loan to Blackpool in search of regular game time, and that has potentially been a mistake for the Black Cats, as you would imagine that Embleton will be keen on a return to Bloomfield Road this summer, especially as they’ll be playing their football at a higher level than Sunderland next season.
Sunderland have been somewhat of a ‘sleeping giant’ for far too long now, with the upcoming League One campaign set to be their fourth consecutive season in the fourth tier of English football.
For any player, you couldn’t blame them for wanting to play at the highest possible level, and a return to Blackpool on a permanent basis would offer Embleton the chance to come up against players of a higher standard in the Championship.
Embleton came in for praise from former Sunderland midfielder Max Power, who labelled him as ‘brilliant’ during pre-season whilst with the Black Cats.
“I think Elliot’s at that age now where he knows that he needs to stay fit. I know it must be tough for him because I thought last season, he was brilliant in pre-season and then he done his hamstring away at Sheffield United in the [League] Cup.”
Even though Sunderland are reportedly some distance apart with Blackpool when it comes to a price for Embleton’s services, the Black Cats are likely to know deep down that they’re fighting a losing battle to keep the 22-year-old at the Stadium of Light for much longer, with the prospect of playing at a higher level being too good of an opportunity to turn down.