Could Sunderland Youth Be Back On Imps Radar?
Sunderland AFC pipped Gary Simpson to any chance of a bid for Duncan Watmore at the end of last season (our article HERE back in May) as manager Paulo Di Canio made the 19-year-old hot-shot his first signing offering him a 2 year deal as well as agreeing to part with an undisclosed fee for Altrincham. The striker is currently playing for the Sunderland development squad overseen by Ged McNamee who seemed quite impressed with the Imps style of play in the 2-0 friendly win earlier in the summer.
Watmore played for an hour in the Sunderland U21’s 2-0 win over the Imps in pre-season and scored 14 goals in 29 outings during his debut season for Altrincham as a supporting strike partner to Damian Reeves. The son of former FA CEO Ian, Duncan has phenomenal pace, a great touch and can dribble, suggesting he can adapt to the variety of formations Simmo likes to play.
Watmore played as a winger in this weeks 3-2 win over Middlesbrough laying on an assist and was inches away from making it four for the Black Cats in the last minute. Liam Agnew, who scored against the Imps, got two beauties against Boro suggesting he too would be a terrific addition if Simmo can twist Ged McNamee’s arm for a freebie for a cash strapped club who try to play football.
Simmo has been piling on the miles in his search for undiscovered gems but alas even those in the Blue Square North now appear out of his reach. The Imps may be full-time on paper but in reality the money the Imps are offering is unlikely to entice someone earning £20,000 in a full-time job who may then only get £100-£150 appearance fee for a part-time club. It is sad but true and therefore favours are the best the club can expect.