Time for Sunderland to get worried over Duncan Watmore?

Sunderland's Duncan Watmore may have put himself in the shop window on Monday night.

Duncan Watmore produced a game changing display for England's under-21 side on Monday night, but his club Sunderland might have been watching on anxiously.

The youngster's contract expires at the end of this current season, and his man-of-the-match performance will have put him in the shop window, and made even clubs who were not already tracking him, sit up and take notice.

In just over quarter of an hour, Watmore won a penalty, scored a goal, and provided an assist.

In doing so he helped England win 3-1 over Switzerland, and underline how important it was Sunderland tie him down to a new deal.

For them it may have been better if he won the penalty and left the heroics to somebody else.

It was reported back in September by the Sunderland Echo that the club have been trying to get him to renew his contract, but as yet it remains unsigned.

Watmore has been in and out of the first team, playing just five league games, and scoring once, but looks too good for the under-21s, netting five in four appearances.

The club need to get him involved regularly and try to convince him to stick around before January arrives, when he will be able to negotiate with other clubs.

His display could be a wake up call, with fans likely to step up their own demands for the club to secure the youngster, as it emphasises just what the club could be missing out on if he is allowed to move elsewhere.

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