Duncan Watmore has barely been seen in a Sunderland shirt in the last two years. The one time England Under 21 international has suffered from a succession of injuries which have hampered his promising career.
After battling back to fitness this season he was cruelly crocked by Wycombe’s Marcus Bean shortly after bagging a leveller against the Chairboys in March and sat out the rest of the season. He played 11 times in League One, just three of which were starts.
He’s likely to be available at the beginning of next season, but the Roker Report have posed the question; is he still a viable option for the Black Cats? as a relic from their Premier League days he is likely to be a big earner, certainly one of the better paid players at the club, does that mean he’s likely to be shown the door?
Or should he be given a chance to add to his 54 league outings in a Sunderland shirt? He’s started games in the Premier League, Championship and League One and perhaps with a run of appearances and some fitness, he could be a big player.
Here’s what a selection of Black Cats’ fans think about the situation on social media.
I think if a serious offer came in the club would do well to accept, he’s shown nothing imo to make me want to keep him, there’s much better out there for a fraction of his wages, he’s got all the pace in the world but got zero end product, very frustrating to watch
— S T U ? R U T H E R F O R D (@44stu) June 9, 2019
Great professional but far too many injuries.
Don't think he'd be missed
— James from Durham (@jamesSAFCmoore) June 9, 2019
I hope he stays. He has the club in his heart and may accept a sensible contract to test his fitness.
— Ian chester (@Ianc1102) June 9, 2019
Lets see what a pre-season of training brings & take it from there. I know one thing, he’ll be itching to help us get out of this league & we can hardly hold that last tackle he received at WW against him, that would laid up anyone. It was a disgrace.
— Ian Harrison (@Hag_SAFC) June 9, 2019
I think he needs to go..I like the lad and there's no doubting his commitment when he's fit, but unfortunately he's fit nowhere near enough, and to be honest apart from his pace, I can't think of another attribute or ability of his that really stands out when he's on the pitch ?
— Mike Yates (@cobrakaikungfu) June 9, 2019
Love him but plays like a school boy. Yes very ,quick but often runs in to a wall and final decision making leaves a lot to be desired. Let’s hope for a good pre season and an injury free run so we can see him reach his potential.
— kevin defty (@kevindefty1) June 9, 2019
He has to be given further time to recover. We have no other options anyway as no other club would touch him with a barge pole with his injury record. Still have faith in the lad!
— Stuart Wilson (@StuartW45463944) June 9, 2019
Go. He’s actually not as good as people make out & it seems to be he gets better in peoples minds the closer he is to fitness
— Tom Albrighton (@tmalbrghtn) June 9, 2019