Duncan Watmore discusses his role in Sunderland’s first-team plans

Sunderland striker Watmore is hoping to make an impact in the first-team this season.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Duncan Watmore has admitted that he has no problem with his role as super-sub at Sunderland, as it means he is still getting minutes to his name.

The youngster said: “I see myself as someone who can make an impact off the bench, definitely. I know it won’t always work, but I enjoy trying to lift the team. I don’t see myself as any impact sub or anything, but I’m happy to do it for now. If I can get on the pitch, that’s fantastic, and I’m happy.”

Watmore has already netted for the Black Cats this season, scoring in both the Premier League and League Cup, and he has the kind of work ethic that Sunderland fans want to see from their team.

He is still a rough prospect, but the England youth international has shown clear potential, and big things are expected of the 21-year-old.

His Premier League goal against Norwich came from a substitutes role, and Watmore has admitted that he has no problem being an impact sub right now.

It might not be how he plans his career to continue, but as a youngster he is at least taking to the field almost every week for a few minutes.

Now that Fabio Borini has been signed, and is competing with Jermain Defoe for the lone striking role, Watmore’s chances of starting games have become almost nil, but if he keeps getting minutes and scoring goals, Dick Advocaat may have no choice but to name him from the start.

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