Sunderland make a big decision on Ethan Robson's future ahead of double deadline day signing

Ethan Robson is expected to stay at Sunderland for the rest of the season.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 4:51 pm

The Black Cats have been weighing up whether to loan the 23-year-old back out after he enjoyed a successful first half of the campaign at Grimsby Town.

Grimsby boss Ian Holloway was one of a host of League Two managers hoping that the talented midfielder might be made available again.

Earlier this week, Phil Parkinson confirmed that the youngster was open to a move, eager to ensure that he gets regular football as he enters the last six months of his current contract.

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Sunderland midfielder Ethan Robson
Sunderland midfielder Ethan Robson

However, his desire to break into the first-team picture is well known.

Despite adding Josh Scowen from QPR, Parkinson is minded to keep Robson on to ensure he has adequate cover in case of injuries and suspensions.

Grant Leadbitter has not seen much league action of late and Robson has impressed the Black Cats boss in training since his return.

He also deployed Robson at left wing-back in a recent practice match at the Academy of Light, a position in which he is currently light.

He is expected to address that before the 11pm deadline, however, with Declan John set to sign on loan from Swansea City.

Antoine Semenyo will also join on loan, with Bristol City happy to let Parkinson land his long-term attacking target following their signing of Burnley striker Nahki Wells.

The Black Cats are not expecting any further additions beyond that, though are conscious of the way the market could quickly move.

As of yet, Oxford United’s interest in Will Grigg has not progressed, despite Karl Robinson stating on Thursday that he would like to seal a permanent deal for the out-of-favour striker.

Another potential exit would be Marc McNulty, with former Sunderland and current Hibernian boss Jack Ross confirming that he has explored the possibility of bringing him in from Reading.

The Black Cats have to agree to his loan being ended shortly, however, and as of yet it is not clear whether they will allow that to happen.

Scotland’s transfer deadline is at midnight.