Black Cats youngster Watmore says the best place for him to progress is on Wearside after breaking through into the first team last season.

22-year-old Sunderland star Duncan Watmore insists he is at the right club to develop and become a better player. The England under 21 international made his first team debut last season and has been talked about highly among Sunderland fans.

The Black Cats star has scored four goals in 25 first team appearances for Sunderland and was rewarded a new contract last November, keeping him at the Stadium of Light until 2020.

Continuing last season’s good form

Watmore is determined to do well going into the 2016/17 Premier League season and refuses to let his form of last season slip. In an interview with the Chronicle, Watmore said: “I really enjoyed last season, especially the way we stayed up at the end, but I’m hoping to build on that this year and I won’t get carried away because I have a lot of work to do on my game.”

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is clearly a big fan of the youngster, playing him in over 60% of last season’s games. Watmore is currently training with the first team squad in Austria, and told “Part of pre-season is working hard because the start of the campaign is important for us.” Watmore’s highlight of last season came against Norwich City when he came on as a substitute and scored the third goal in a huge 3-0 win at Carrow Road.

JS94624677 Duncan Watmore in Austria, training with the Sunderland first team. (Image source: Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

Sunderland have failed to start their previous campaigns in a positive manner and Watmore understands the importance of starting the new season well. “We haven’t been as good as we should’ve been in recent years and the manager has been very clear on that, so we know the work we have to do and the staff have put together a really good pre-season for us.”