Poyet says two Sunderland youth-teamers could be in senior squad soon

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet believes that two of his brighter young talents could make an impact in the first-team soon.

Gus Poyet has told the Sunderland Echo that Mikael Mandron and Duncan Watmore could both be included in first-team squads in the near future. 

Sunderland had a relatively quiet January transfer window - with Poyet admitting that he was targeting quality over quantity - and it means that there is a lack of cover in certain areas of their squad.

This is not something which concerns Poyet though, as he feels that there are members of the side's academy set-up who are capable of making the step up. 

"Say we lose Connor (Wickham) for a couple of months, then we’ll bring Mika (Mandron) back [from loan at Shrewsbury Town]," he said in the Sunderland Echo

“The same happens with the wingers. Duncan (Watmore) might be on the bench in three weeks’ time and then it’s up to him.”

Sunderland have not utilised their academy system particularly well in recent times, with few graduates making a notable impression on the starting line-up.

However, Poyet is clearly keen to change this, with Mandron and Watmore his two biggest hopes of success. 

Mandron is a quick and powerful striker, who has recently made his debut for Shrewsbury whilst on his loan spell with the League Two leaders.

Watmore, meanwhile, is an exciting winger who was picked up by the Black Cats after showing fine form as a teenager in non-league football with Altrincham. 

Throwing either of the pair in at this stage of the season would be a big risk, but Poyet's comments today certainly seem to suggest he feels they have a chance of breaking through and they will be determined to impress, if they are given the opportunity. 

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