He said: “The good thing from the other night was that Watmore and Gooch showed what they could do [against Exeter]. Both did well, but then there is a big difference in opponents between Exeter and Aston Villa.”
Advocaat utilised both Gooch and Watmore from the substitutes bench in the League Cup victory over Exeter, with Watmore netting the last goal of the game and Gooch showing a maturity beyond his young age.
Following the tie, there were many calls to see both selected this weekend as the Black Cats travel to Aston Villa, but Advocaat’s comments that their is a ‘big difference’ in quality between the two opponents suggests that they will not be selected from the start.
However, it is likely they will named on the substitutes bench, and they could both make it on to the field of play through the game.
Watmore has shown he has an eye for goal, whilst Gooch is able to play on both wings in Advocaat’s 4-3-3 system, and, most importantly, they have shown desire and drive to succeed.
They may not be as talented as the senior players in the first-team, but with Sunderland struggling at the beginning of the season, Advocaat has nothing to lose by naming the duo in his team for Premier League matches.