Tom Albrighton says...
Provided we have adequate cover, a loan for Diamond could well prove to be a shrewd move.
Raw and with bags of pace, Diamond is - excuse the pun - an uncut gem. In need of refinement that can only come from regular football and attentive coaching. Diamond has a superb skill set, one of which is duly noted by the coaching staff at the club. However, his raw nature is maybe not what Johnson requires at this moment in time.
Provided a loan move is sought, Diamond may well blossom into a footballer prepared for League One or above upon his return, as has been evidenced recently with the almost revolutionary return of Embleton.
Overall, should everything fall into place, a loan move would suit both parties both short-term and long - and it’s this kind of forward-thinking that the club has severely lacked in years gone by.
Gary Engel says...
From his stunning early form under Lee Johnson, Jack Diamond has almost shrunk out of sight. Clearly, the loan move for Embleton gave him a shot in the arm he needed, now he looks every inch like a first-team regular.
We are maybe still light of two players, a right-back as well as another right-sided forward - for added goals and to provide serious competition for Gooch.
Another addition would, for a time, push Diamond further down the pecking order. But if Diamond can get enough game time between now and January, at another club, his then potential return could be like a new signing for us.
We envisage the future of Sunderland being built around a mantra of harnessing the best young talent and building upon it. The day Johnson walked through the door all talk was how Diamond needed his opportunity, so we must do everything to get the best out of Sunderland’s potentially brightest young thing and polish him up.
Matt Smith says...
It’s a testament to the club’s success in its summer recruitment that we can afford to aid our young prospects’ development through the loan market. With the likes of Pritchard, Broadhead and Hawkes as alternative options to McGeady on the left, Diamond’s first-team opportunities are likely to be limited this season.
He benefitted from his earlier stint at Harrogate but there are still rough edges that won’t be smoothed-out by the occasional pizza cup game and run out in the stiffs. At 21 he needs genuinely competitive game-time and he probably needs the confidence to know he can cut it at League One level. A loan to a rival in this league, provided they’re short of options on the left, would suit all parties irrespective of how well he does.
If he plays regularly and improves his overall game and awareness, even to the benefit of a rival, he’ll enhance his value and we can decide to either cash in or, like Embleton, embed him into the first team. If his potential remains untapped we’d be in a better position to judge his future at the club. Either way, the risk is minimal.