Sunderland's Duncan Watmore feels he can learn from Jermain Defoe

Sunderland's Duncan Watmore in action with Liverpool's James Milner

Watmore is conscious he needs to deliver in front of goal.

Sunderland's Duncan Watmore feels he can learn to improve on his finishing from teammate Jermain Defoe after missing an opportunity in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend, the Chronicle reports

Watmore has yet to find the net this season but had an opportunity to break the deadlock at Anfield in the second half last weekend. However he was thwarted by the onrushing goalkeeper Loris Karius. 

Liverpool's Dejan Lovren in action with Sunderland's Duncan Watmore

The 22-year-old is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: "You have to make sure it doesn’t play on your mind, and instead concentrate on improving your own game so that next time you do take that chance when it comes along.

“When you’ve got someone like JD [Defoe] in the team, he’s not a bad person to learn from because finishing is his game.

“I definitely need to improve in that respect, and that’s what we do on the training pitch.”

Sunderland's Duncan Watmore in action with Liverpool's James Milner

Sunderland have seen an upturn in fortunes prior to their defeat at Anfield with back-to-back wins against Bournemouth and Hull City, with a more potent attacking threat in Victor Anichebe and Defoe finding the net in both games. Despite that the Black Cats could do with more of a goal threat over the course of the season. 

Patrick van Aanholt is the only other player to have found the net for David Moyes' side in the league this season. Watmore has shown since breaking through to the first-team that he can provide some impetus going forward, alhough he could do with providing more goals in the final third. He can play in several positions across the front which shows he is a good option for Moyes over the course of the season. 

As the player has said, he cannot let missed chances play on his mind, but he has shown he is conscious he needs to contribute. One gets the feeling that as soon as he finds the net this season, the goals could start to flow a little. 

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe

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