Although Dick Advocaat's appointment in the summer gave Sunderland supporters hope for the coming season, the opening five games have resulted in no wins, two draws and three losses.
The Black Cats currently reside in 19th, on the same points as bottom club Newcastle United, and have conceded the second largest number of goals in the Premier League - surprisingly still fewer than Chelsea.
In light of the club's poor start, the supporters who had been hopeful during the summer are now fearing the worst as relegation doesn't look like an impossibility considering the form and performances of some of their relegation-threatened rivals.
Advocaat is in need of some inspiration and we look at why 21-year-old Duncan Watmore could be the key to that as every avenue needs to be analysed.
Despite only playing 40 minutes of Premier League football this season, Watmore has already managed to get himself on the scoresheet and technically remains the club's second highest goalscorer in the Premier League this season.
Not only does he have an impressive record in this campaign, last season he beat the likes of Dominic Solanke, Dan Crowley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to be named the U21 Premier League player of the season and earned a call-up to the England under-21 side with his performances.
He is an attack-minded winger with an excellent eye for a pass, comfortable on either foot, so does look like an ideal option for Advocaat if he is to put the emphasis on attacking football.
A regular spot in the side now may seem risky, however, the sooner he gains regular first team experience, the quicker the club will begin to benefit from his ability.