Elliot Embleton has returned to training after an injury he picked up in September kept him out of action for quite a lengthy period.
Phil Parkinson states that he could soon be back in first-team contention if he gets through the next week unscathed, and could therefore be a timely boost as Sunderland’s promotion campaign starts to hot up.
The Gillingham fixture will come too quickly for the youngster, but if he proves both his fitness and ability then he could soon be knocking on the manager’s door.
Judging by the reactions below some supporters certainly feel he is capable of doing exactly that, and they are excited that he could soon be back involved.
Many have highlighted his creativity as an attribute which could boost the current side, though they perhaps shouldn’t expect too much of a player who has featured just nine times for the club and hasn’t played in such a long time.
Could be like a new signing, adding something a bit different
— Joe 🔴⚪ (@robertsjoe166) March 5, 2020
Good to see Elliot Embleton back in training with Sunderland, gives another midfield option and technically an extremely good player. Can see him getting a few under 23 matches in before he returns #SAFC
— Josh Bunting (@Buntingfootball) March 6, 2020
Hopefully someone with a bit creativity instead of relying on Maguire each week. Hope he comes back ready for it
— Adrian Magson (@AdrianMagson) March 5, 2020
Embleton coming back will be a massive plus adding creativity that’s been missing in the last two games #safc
— neilricho1 (@neilricho1) March 5, 2020
Furthermore, Embleton hasn’t really displayed much creativity in his few games this term, achieving just 0.7 key passes per game and registering zero assists.
That could be why some fans are uncertain of whether his comeback from injury will actually lift the squad, as on current form it seems very unlikely that he will be able to replace either Chris Maguire or Lynden Gooch in the side.
However, another option could be useful for Parkinson in terms of resting and rotating first-team players, particularly if the Black Cats end up in the play-offs.
Cant see where he fits in this system
— Parker (@Parkersafc) March 5, 2020
Really haven’t seen enough off him in a Sunderland shirt to say he’s any better than what we’ve got in his role but it’s another option when fit
— Wayne Tootill (@TootillW) March 5, 2020
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