Fringe benefits for Sunderland youngsters delight Poyet

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SUNDERLAND’S young prospects will have benefited enormously from training with the first-team squad in recent weeks, says Gus Poyet.

Under-21 striker Duncan Watmore and defenders Tom Beadling and Tommy Robson have been involved regularly his season.

And the Sunderland head coach says he is happy to involve them more if they make the most of their opportunity.

“The last few weeks will have been great for the kids,” Poyet told the Echo.

“I’m sure they see things differently now.

“It’s another view, another voyage, another explanation, a different approach.

“Even things like watching the video of the opposition that we show them – everything is different.”

Left-back Robson was handed a place on the bench against Everton last weekend.

The Stanley-born 19-year-old was brought in because Sunderland were struggling so badly defensively with full-backs Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt sidelined, but it was still a significant inclusion.

Centre-half Beadling, 19, who has recently returned from injury, has signed a new long-term contract and is being fast-tracked by the club, while exciting attacker Watmore, 20, is highly rated by Poyet.

The Uruguayan added: “I think they just need to be ready because you never know when your chance will come.

“One of them made the bench against Everton, for example.”