Sunderland are soon set to welcome back 21-year old Andrew Nelson, a player not yet seen by the Stadium of Light supporters.
The striker, tipped last season to break through to the first team, has tweeted that he is closing in on a return to fitness. It will be great news for the Black Cats who are currently without Charlie Wyke. Nelson is a youth graduate who as spent loan spells with Harrogate, Hartlepool and Falkirk.
Whilst on loan north of the border, he averaged a goal every three games. That came in the Scottish Championship last season, but an injury in a pre-season game against Hartlepool has left him out of League One action so far.
He recently tweeted “After having a long duration of being out and a few minor setbacks, I can finally say I’ve had surgery to repair the underlying problem that’s had kept me from returning to play, looking forward to getting back out there on the pitch again.”
Whilst Nelson is keen on a return, the Under 23 manager at Sunderland, Elliot Dickman, thinks that he’ll likely play for that side before advancing to first team action.
“Andrew is still doing a little bit of rehab so at this moment in time he’s still with the medical team and he will be for a few more weeks,” he told the Sunderland Echo. “I’m sure he’ll probably play some games for us to help him get fit again but at the moment he’s just with the medical staff.”
If he has the same potential as Maja or Asoro, then he might be a big asset for Sunderland. He will be like a new signing, emerging young players are, but he could still be a long way from the first team.
It is nice to see young players given a chance though and we’re sure the Black Cats fans will want that for Nelson.