Patrick Van Aanholt has told the Shields Gazette that Duncan Watmore made a big impact for Sunderland in their 2-0 win over Stoke City at the weekend.
Watmore came off the substitutes’ bench in the first half of the fixture, as he replaced the injured Jermain Defoe.
And the youngster’s pace caused the Stoke defence no end of problems.
Watmore’s speed caused Ryan Shawcross to be sent off in the match, and he also netted Sam Allardyce’s side’s second goal – after Van Aanholt had opened the scoring.
“Duncan is a good young player. He’s got potential and knows he is quick, so he can run at people,” Van Aanholt stated.
“That’s what he did. He was dangerous, made an impact on the team and helped us get the three points.”
Watmore has made vast strides at Sunderland in recent times, and the 22-year-old has forced his way into starting contention at the Stadium of Light.
The attacker begun this season on the fringes of Sunderland’s first team squad, but since Allardyce has arrived he has started to show his quality.
Watmore now looks like one of the most exciting young talents at Sunderland, and it seems likely that he will remain in their senior squad for the rest of the campaign.
Watmore has recently penned a new contract at Sunderland, which will keep him at the club until 2020, and there are very high hopes growing over his future.