Lee Johnson has revealed that he’s hoping that Elliot Embleton can earn himself a long-term contract with Sunderland.
The midfielder had fallen out of favour at the Stadium Of Light last term before being sent out on loan to League One rivals Blackpool in search of regular first team football.
To say that his time at Bloomfield Road went well was an understatement, with the 22-year-old playing a pivotal role in helping Neil Critchley’s side to secure promotion to the Championship.
As a result reports from the Northern Echo have claimed that the Seasiders are considering a summer bid to land the midfielder on a permanent basis, but according to Sunderland head coach Lee Johnson, the hope is that Embleton will stick around and become a long-term success for the club.
Speaking to Chronicle Live, Johnson said: “We like him as a player.
“The argument where Embo is concerned is that we did the right thing [by loaning him out to Blackpool], and have been almost bitten on the backside as a result with him getting promoted.
“But at the same time, we want our players to do well.
“There’s no theory of not wanting players to do well, we are delighted that he has been a success at Blackpool.
“Obviously he now comes back into the fold as one of our academy players having had that positive experience, having given positive performances, and positive results.
“Of course, there will be interest in him because he has had a good year, but that interest would have to come with compensation and supersede our desire to give him a new contract.
“For me, the starting point with Embo is that he has every chance to go and earn himself a long-term contract at Sunderland over the next six months, it’s as simple as that.”
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Elliot Embleton is going to attract a lot of interest this summer.
His situation is rather unique in that he’s still got a lot of work to do to break into Sunderland’s first team set-up, however with interest building elsewhere it remains to be seen where he’ll end up.
If Blackpool do offer him an opportunity to challenge himself in the Championship then it would be a brave decision to turn it down, particularly when there are no guarantees of being a first-teamer under Lee Johnson.
Whatever happens it’s going to be a big summer for the midfielder and it’s going to be very interesting to see where he ends up.