The possible break clause in Hartlepool United’s loan deal with Sunderland youngster

Taylor went on a season-long loan at Suit Direct Stadium in the summer as he looked to build on his promising performances as part of the Black Cats academy side. But the move to his boyhood club hasn’t gone to plan this season after the 19-year-old was almost ruled out of his opportunities.

Taylor has only made eight appearances this season, including just one as a starter in the league. Due to his lack of involvement, the teenager recently returned to his parent club to play with the young Black Cats. Taylor featured in the 1-1 draw with neighbors Newcastle United before also starting against Southampton Under-21s in a 3-1 loss at the Academy of Light.

Interim Hartlepool boss Keith Curle has revealed there could be a break clause in Taylor’s loan deal with the Wearsiders, if his opportunities remain limited, after explaining he had no need to start a player because he plays for a club in a higher division.

Ellis Taylor has struggled to earn playing time for Hartlepool United since his loan spell from Sunderland. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

Curle told the Mail: ‘I think there is a potential break clause. But we work with Ellis. We want him to have more playing time and likewise he needs to be productive, and when he has opportunities he needs to perform at a high level.

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“I’m not going to play a player just because he’s on loan from a superior club. They have to be able to add to the squad.

“They have to knock on the door saying ‘this is what I can do’ and when you get the chance you have to play. If you don’t perform you get limited opportunities.

Ellis Taylor is able to return to Sunderland from Hartlepool United to play for the Under-21 team. Photo by FRANK REID

“Ellis hasn’t had playing time, but under his loan deal he’s able to return to his parent club and play Under-21 games. So when he has the opportunity to play for his parent club [he can].

“We are happy with it and Sunderland are happy with it. They would like him to get more minutes here, but it’s understood he still has things to develop in his game when he gets the chance.

Ellis Taylor recently played for Sunderland Under-21s against Newcastle United Under-21s. Photo by FRANK REID

Leslie M. Gill