Duncan Watmore happy with goal return in first senior season; grateful to Allardyce

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Watmore has been a bright spark for Sunderland this season.

Sunderland forward Duncan Watmore has said he is happy with his goal return for the Black Cats as he comes towards the end of his first season in the top flight.

Watmore has shown he is a bright prospect for the future, and he has found the net four times from 21 appearances - although most of his game time has seen him used as a substitute.

As a result, the 22-year-old seems pretty content with his contribution this term, and pleased with the faith shown in him by manager Sam Allardyce since his arrival at the Stadium of Light.

Watmore told BBC Radio Newcastle, via The Chronicle: “I’ve got four first-team goals this year and as I haven’t started much I’m happy with that. I’m always trying to score more goals but for my first season it’s good to be scoring so hopefully I can score more.

“At the start of the season I was in the squad but I hadn’t made any appearances. You really can’t start any targets until you know how much you’re going to be playing.

“Thankfully I’ve played a lot of games and the new manager’s been great with me, and the coaching staff."

Watmore certainly seems to be getting a lot of recognition for his promise, and given how he is performed he could be a very good player for years to come.

His ability to go past defenders and seeming calmness in front of goal shows that he has all the tools to be a fine attacking player, while age is on his side as he has several years to go before he should be anywhere near his prime.

No doubt he will be looking to get more game time next season to build on a promising campaign this time around, and add more goals to his collection in the process.

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