Duncan Watmore's return will provide Sunderland with an excellent alternative up front

Josh Clarke of Brentford tackles with Duncan Watmore of Sunderland during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Sunderland at Griffin Park on October 21, 2017 in Brentford,...

Sunderland winger Duncan Watmore is close to a return to the Black Cats first-team.

Duncan Watmore of Sunderland during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Sunderland at Deepdale on September 30, 2017 in Preston, England.

Sunderland forward Duncan Watmore returned to action this week for 25 minutes in a training friendly at the Academy of Light.

The 24-year-old suffered his second cruciate ligament injury half way through Sunderland's dismal Championship campaign of last season, less than a year after the same injury occurred in the Premier League. 

Watmore is slowly but surely closing in on his return to the Sunderland first-team and his return would be a welcomed one, bringing an excellent alternative to the current striker options in the Black Cats squad.

 

The Black Cats' current striker options include 19-year-old Josh Maja and Watford loanee Jerome Sinclair, both of who'm have had contrasting seasons.

Sinclair has scored just one goal which came against Peterborough United in September, but the forward has ultimately struggled - whilst Maja has nine goals, but is also on a goal drought of five matches in all competitions. 

Duncan Watmore of Sunderland and Robert Huth of Leicester City compete for the ball during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Leicester City at Stadium of Light on December 3,...

And with summer arrival Charlie Wyke also out injured, Jack Ross is forced to rely on two out of form strikers at the moment and Sunderland wingers Aiden McGeady and Chris Maguire are the men currently scoring the goals.

But with Watmore's return seemingly not far away, the former Altrincham man would certainly bring something different in attack once fit.

One thing the Wearside team have lacked in recent years is a forward with pace and Watmore certainly has that, along with the ability and flair to take on players - which would be a huge benefit to Sunderland up front.

Duncan Watmore of Sunderland celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Sunderland at Carrow Road on April 16, 2016 in...

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