Dick Advocaat cautious over starting Sunderland prospect Duncan Watmore against Swansea

Duncan Watmore in action for Sunderland against Norwich. Picture by FRANK REID
Duncan Watmore in action for Sunderland against Norwich. Picture by FRANK REID
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Debutant Duncan Watmore’s impact from the bench will not necessarily see the 21-year-old handed a starting spot in this Saturday’s visit of Swansea City.

Watmore was a rare shining light in the dire weekend defeat to Norwich City after the winger marked his Premier League debut with a consolation goal for the Black Cats.

He did in 10 minutes more attacking-wise than some others

Dick Advocaat

The former Altrincham man has been waiting a long time for an opportunity in the Premier League, yet he demonstrated the form which has made him such a hit at Under-21 level by outshining the majority of his senior colleagues.

However, Dick Advocaat believes Watmore would face a completely different challenge if he was part of the starting XI.

When asked if he could leave Watmore out against Swansea, Advocaat said: “Of course, it will be possible that he will not play.

“Everything is possible.

“He did in 10 minutes more attacking-wise than some others.

“But again, if you start as a regular, it’s a different way of playing. But he did well.”

Watmore’s only previous first-team appearance for Sunderland had come in the FA Cup third round 18 months ago, but he was awarded a huge reception from the crowd.

“It’s mixed emotions really because to make your Premier League debut in front of those fans and then to score, was quite a surreal experience,” said Watmore.

“The fans are awesome here. My last appearance was a year-and-a-half ago and they were awesome then.

“But then we’ve lost and haven’t played well enough, and we know that. We were very disheartened on a team level, and hopefully we can pick ourselves up this week, and we know we will.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity the manager gave me, so I’ll work hard in training and see how many chances I can get.”