Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson has shown wariness of overusing Duncan Watmore in quotes reported by the club’s official channels.
The 51-year-old has been clear in his appreciation of the winger though, indicating that Watmore is definitely part of his plans for the club.
As shown on Sunderland’s Twitter account, he said: “We will have a look at Duncan. He has done very well but we have to be careful with him. He caught my eye in the first training session.
“He is rebuilding his career; he is in a good place and we want to keep him right and get as many great performances out of him.”
Watmore was an integral part of Parkinson’s first win as Sunderland manager, as he got a goal and assist in the 5-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers, as per WhoScored – his was also the first goal of the new boss’ tenure.
Parkinson has used the 25-year-old in both of his games in charge, as per Transfermarkt, with these being his first league involvements since the first game of the season, with much of his absence being through injury.
This follows a season in which he only managed 16 games across all competitions, which offers an indication of how much he has struggled for game time in recent times.
Some fans had even begun to give up on the winger due to the amount of time that he was spending out through injury.
Parkinson is right to be wary of overusing Watmore, as it would be a massive blow for the 25-year-old if he picked up another injury.
However, it is worth putting in the effort to ensure he is used correctly due to the impact he can have on the pitch, as shown against Tranmere.
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