Sunderland boss intent on cooling the Duncan Watmore hype

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Sunderland’s Duncan Watmore has hit the headlines on Wearside.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has said that there is too much talk of forward Duncan Watmore and has reiterated that he is far from the finished article, the Daily Mail reports.

The 21-year-old has hit the headlines in recent weeks after scoring two goals in seven appearances and earning his first start for the club under current boss Allardyce.

The youngster's university degree and general attitude towards being in the spotlight is refreshing to say the least, and teammate Jermain Defoe has talked up his potential by comparing him to a young Gareth Bale (as reported by BBC Sport).

Allardyce, however, is keen to squash such talk as he spoke of the youngster’s progress.

“There is too much talk about Duncan Watmore at the minute," the Daily Mail quotes him as saying.

"He is an exciting prospect - he's not the finished article, but I certainly hope he makes a big impact this season and continues to learn and progress as quickly as his physical and technical stats seem to suggest he is capable of."

Watmore certainly looks to have a few key qualities in his locker, but considering his age he must be protected against high expectations and unrealistic demands.

The former Altrincham star is versatile and capable of playing either as a forward or in wide areas, a valuable trait which will hand Sunderland multiple attacking options.

The Black Cats head in to their encounter with Stoke City in 18th position and one point adrift of rivals Newcastle United, yet confidence at the Stadium of Light is returning.

Allardyce’s men showed superb resilience and organisation in the 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace and the foundations are being set for a team which is hard to break down.

Watmore may well have a crucial role to play this season, but it’s difficult to envisage Allardyce placing his hopes on the youngster when experience will be called upon later in the campaign.

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