Allardyce wants Watmore to agree a new Sunderland contract.
Sunderland are not ready to yet offer contracts to any of their senior players who are out of contract at the end of this season, but Sam Allardyce has confirmed to the Chronicle that Duncan Watmore is a different case, and a player that they want to tie down soon.
Allardyce said: “Duncan Watmore is a different case because he’s a young player and he’s one who down the line, you would see making a big contribution to the first-team. He’s one you would see becoming a first-team regular. He’s one we’d like to resolve as soon as possible.”
Watmore, 21, has started to have an impact at first-team level for Sunderland this season, making the step up from Under-21 level to the Premier League in solid style.
He has scored his first senior goals for the Black Cats, netting once in the league and once in the League Cup, and made his first appearance under Allardyce at the weekend, playing 15 minutes against Everton.
The youngster is out of contract this summer, having entered the final 12 months of the three-year deal he signed in 2013, when the Black Cats signed Watmore from Altrincham.
As Watmore is classed as a talented prospect for the future, and a player that Allardyce has said will be a first-team regular, it is the club’s wish to tie him down as soon as possible.
This is the different stance taken to the senior squad players who are out of contract in the summer, with talks not opening for a number of players until Sunderland’s Premier League safety is secured.
This means that the likes of Steven Fletcher, Adam Johnson and Danny Graham will have to sit by whilst Watmore is offered the chance to extend his Sunderland contract in the coming weeks.