How does Sam Allardyce solve the Duncan Watmore conundrum at Sunderland?

Duncan Watmore in full flow
Duncan Watmore in full flow
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Duncan Watmore tore Switzerland Under 21s apart in 15 minutes and is emerging as a young talent on the international scene.

Of course, this will only add to the clamour from us long suffering SAFC fans for Duncan to start Premier League games but the aforementioned conundrum is, is he ready?

While he does seem to be getting more game time under big Sam, his predecessor, Dick Advocaat resisted starting the young lions star at all costs and I tend to agree with Mr Advocaat on this one.

Let’s look at the facts: Duncan seems to be able to score at will in the Premier League at U21 level, this much we know.

The Premier League and the international games at any level are undoubtedly a step up.  

Although he has scored two goals for the first team this season, they were both as a substitute, one in the League Cup against lowly Exeter, which was again the case against Switzerland Under-21s midweek.

On his first full outing for the SAFC first team he didn’t make the impact I

thought he would.

His initial impact was good but he did drift out of the game.

The game was against Southampton, who are a very good side and did marshall him very well, but I think he is much more suited at the minute to coming off the bench to make the impact we all want to see.

In my opinion Duncan is very close to being ready to make that step up but not quite yet, and while there will be “big clubs” taking notice of his rise, ready to sit him on their bench, give him 40 minutes of football a season and turn him into Jack Rodwell we must not let that happen.

Baby steps Mr Allardyce, baby steps ...

* This fan blog was sent in by Paul King.

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