Hammers defender joins Sunderland prospect's growing list of admirers

West Ham United defender Matt Pike has praised Sunderland's Duncan Watmore after his performance for their under-21 side last night.

The praise keeps on coming for Sunderland youngster Duncan Watmore after a series of fine performances over recent months.

Watmore has been one of the Black Cats' standout players at under-21 level and Gus Poyet has commented in the Chronicle this week suggesting that the winger could be handed his Premier League debut in the near future.

It is not just from within Sunderland that Watmore is receiving credit, though. The 21-year-old played a starring role during the Wearsiders' development squad's 3-0 victory over West Ham United last night and even his opponents were singing his praises on the Hammers' official website.

West Ham defender Matt Pike, who was tasked with marking Watmore in the under-21 clash, admitted after the game that he had come up against a talented opponent on the top of his game.

“I thought Sunderland played pretty well to be fair," Pike said. "Their No.7 Duncan Watmore is a good player, I thought he did well.”

Watmore scored one of Sunderland's goals during the match and his performance has served to further enhance his reputation as one of the Black Cats' finest young talents.

The promising youngster has been threatening to break through for some time and it seems that he will finally get his chance in the coming weeks.

That is something for Sunderland fans to get excited about, as his direct threat makes him a different option to what they currently have at their disposal.

Poyet's side have lacked a cutting edge this season, but Watmore is the sort of player who could provide them with a different threat and the Black Cats will hope he can be their secret weapon as they look to avoid the drop.

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