Elliot Embleton's threat pinpointed as Sunderland loanee looks to help Blackpool to promotion
Sunderland youngster Elliot Embleton is set to play a key role for Blackpool as they aim for promotion from League One this weekend.
The Seasiders will face Lincoln City at Wembley on Sunday afternoon, with the winner securing a place in the Championship.
And Embleton is expected to start for Blackpool having played a key role in their run to the final – after joining the side on loan during the winter transfer window.
The attacking midfielder scored in the play-off semi-final second leg against Oxford United and has been a reliable provider to Ellis Simms and Jerry Yates, who have been prolific throughout the second half of the campaign.
And ahead of the final, Lincoln boss Michael Appleton has pinpointed stopping the delivery provided by Embleton and others as key to victory.
"If you can deal with Yates and Simms you have a chance of winning the game,” he said.
“You need to cut out the supply chain and prevent crosses from coming into them.”
Commenting further on Blackpool, Appleton told Lincolnshire Live: “They’ve been great, especially in the second half of the season.
“They’ve got a very simple way of playing and they do it really, really well.
“And they’ve got two lads up front, in Simms and Yates, who are very effective, get hold of the ball and make it difficult. They’ve got [Gary] Madine who they can turn to as well.
“They’ve got a lot of energy in the team and can score goals, as we’ve seen.”