Sunderland sporting director Kristjaan Speakman has insisted that Elliot Embleton be given a first-team opportunity at the Stadium of Light, left to Blackpool, next season.

The 22-year-old Embleton spent the half of the season on loan from Blackpool. He shone during his 21 League One games for the Tangerines and scored two goals as his team rose to the championship over the weekend.

Shortly afterwards, The Sun reported on Sunday (05/30/21, p. 59) that Blackpool wanted to conclude a permanent transfer for the Englishman who only has one year left on his Black Cats contract.

In the SAFC Unfiltered Podcast (via Blackpool Gazette), however, Speakman outlined Sunderland’s stance on Embleton in the summer:

“With Elliot, it would have been easiest to loan him to the second division and we persevered and we persevered because we really wanted to bring him together with the right club and coaching staff.

“Neil and the Blackpool guys did an amazing job with him, gave him that platform and he went and played.

“He has demonstrated the ability to play at the level he needs to play. Hopefully when he comes back here he can make an impact on our team.”

This is apparently a request to Embleton to return to Sunderland and join Lee Johnson’s first team.

The Black Cats lost to Lincoln City in the play-off semi-finals earlier this month and have been working on player contracts since then.

Embleton is one of Sunderland’s brighter youngsters and so Johnson and Speakman will be desperate to keep him – however he has done really well with Blackpool and championship football will prove tempting.