Under Jack Ross, Sunderland have got their season off to a solid start and currently sit seventh in the table.
Although the fans would’ve been disappointed with their draw against Luton, Sunderland are still one of the favourites to gain promotion back to the Championship this season.
Ross has tried to freshen up the squad this season and has managed to clear out a lot of the previous cohort of players such as Lamine Kone.
Two of the big stars of the team, however, have been academy graduates, Josh Maja and Bali Mumba.
The Black Cats also have another academy graduate, Elliot Embleton in the squad who impressed for the England Under-19s during the summer, and has now been nominated as a UEFA goal of the season contender which he scored against Turkey during the UEFA under-19 tournament.
— Gary Taphouse (@garytaphouse) August 14, 2018
The 19-year-old midfielder has progressed up the ranks through the Sunderland academy and made his debut for the club against Wolves last season.
On the face of it, it may seem that Embleton’s chances of getting first-team football are limited but with Lee Cattermole’s future at the club looking doubtful and Didier Ndong also looking to leave, Embleton may just get a chance for the club this upcoming season.
Moreover, with the positivity at the club beginning to rise, it’d be great for the fans to see another youngster come through the ranks and develop his game in the lower leagues.
So Sunderland fans, are you excited to watch this youngster this season?