Hibs boss Butcher backs Sunderland’s baby-faced assassin Watmore

Duncan Watmore.
Duncan Watmore.
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FORMER Sunderland boss Terry Butcher is confident on-loan Black Cats winger Duncan Watmore will be Hibernian’s baby-faced assassin.

Watmore joined the SPL side on loan until the end of the season on transfer deadline day - just six months after the 19-year-old arrived on Wearside from non-league Altrincham.

The winger has made a big impact on Sunderland’s coaching staff after impressing for the club’s Under-21s this season and was handed his first-team bow in last month’s FA Cup third round victory over Carlisle.

And although Watmore is tender in years and appearance, Hibs boss Butcher hopes to make the most of the teenager’s talent after beating off competition from a host of Football League clubs to sign him on loan.

Butcher said: “Duncan looks like he has won a competition to be here – he looks so young!

“He’s 19 but if you look at him at first you think that’s the mascot having a warm-up!

“When you see him play though he’s an incredible player.

“Duncan attacks full-backs. He gets them on the wrong foot and goes past them. I don’t know how he does it sometimes but he does.

“He delivers a great ball as well and is all-energy. He lifts you off your seat, as simple as that.

“He makes me want to jump up in the air because he’s that different to what we have.

“Duncan can tackle and get stuck in but he’s also gifted on the ball. We’re lucky to have got him because other clubs definitely wanted him.”