Robbie Stockdale praises 'deceptively quick' Sunderland youngster Duncan Watmore

Sunderland under-21 manager Robbie Stockdale has been impressed by Duncan Watmore.

Sunderland's development squad boss Robbie Stockdale has told the Shields Gazette that Duncan Watmore's speed often catches defenders unawares.

Watmore scored for Sunderland's under-21 side in their 1-0 win over Everton earlier in the week, and Stockdale was impressed with the promising attacker.

He says that the winger's natural ability in possession makes him an obvious threat and his speed often takes his markers by surprise.

“I thought it was a fantastic receive on the half-turn and once he gets running at people, he’s deceptively quick,” Stockdale said. “He’s probably quicker with the ball than without.

“It wasn’t the cleanest of strikes, but on that surface, he’s hit the target."

Watmore has now scored five goals in his last five matches for Sunderland's development squad, but his first-team chance is still yet to come.

The 21-year-old flyer is considered to be the brightest talent currently working in the Black Cats' academy system, but he has been consistently overlooked this term.

As a result, Watmore is still waiting to make his Premier League debut and he is sure to be itching for an opportunity.

Watmore can do little more to get himself noticed and will simply be hoping that Dick Advocaat decides to trust him before the 2014/15 campaign – a season which still sees the Black Cats scrapping for their top-flight lives – comes to a close.

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