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Sunderland: Mowbray should ditch Embleton

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Sunderland are coping with a striker damage disaster following the absence of Ross Stewart and Ellis Simms, which is clearly translating onto the pitch because the Black Cats picked up one other draw within the Championship in opposition to Preston North Finish on Saturday.

It’s the second draw on the bounce for Tony Mowbray’s aspect who’ve now fallen to seventh within the league desk, which means they’ve now dropped out of the playoff positions.

The supervisor has since spoken out on the dearth of creativity over the sport, telling reporters in his post-match interview yesterday:

“I don’t wish to get hung up in regards to the lack of strikers, as a result of we’ve discovered a approach within the final two video games.

“At this time we didn’t get these areas that we thrive in, they’re a well-organised group. We’ve obtained gamers within the aspect and on the bench who can rating targets, so we’ll maintain going.”

One participant who has had the strain placed on him to make up for the dearth of Stewart and Simms is Elliot Embleton, but it surely hasn’t labored out thus far for the 23-year-old.

In opposition to Preston North Finish, the gifted midfielder was performed out of place in a centre-forward partnership with Alex Pritchard, and his deployment in that function was mirrored in his efficiency.

Regardless of having one shot on the right track, Embleton lacked any type of presence up high, dropping possession of the ball each 3.5 touches and misplacing 100% of his crosses, two alarming statistics for somebody who must carry others into the image.

He was additionally poor from a bodily perspective, profitable simply 40% of his duels, finally failing in his problem to take all three factors from the sport in entrance of the house assist.

Ought to Mowbray cease enjoying Embleton as a striker?




Embleton hasn’t scored a objective thus far this season however has delivered two assists when he was introduced on in opposition to Studying following Simms’ damage within the thirty seventh minute. In consequence, there isn’t a doubt he could be efficient as an attacking menace within the group and deploying him in a greater place might give the supervisor a greater probability of getting the perfect out of him.

Failing that, a spell on the bench could possibly be the most effective use of his time, with WhoScored’s common match scores suggesting he’s the worst participant within the squad this time period of anybody to start out a match.

The video games are coming thick and quick for the Black Cats with a conflict on the Stadium of Mild with Blackpool on Tuesday night time so Mowbray has no time to mirror or relaxation on his laurels and should discover a sure resolution to convincingly profitable video games with out the 2 injured strikers.

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