New Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat could be willing to take a risk on former Clitheroe FC winger Duncan Watmore as the Dutchman seeks inspiration to steer the Black Cats away from the Premier League drop zone.
The 21-year-old made his senior debut for the Blues in January 2012 after being snapped up on loan from Alrtincham by one-time Shawbridge manager and chairman Carl Garner.
Watmore has yet to make a first team start for Sunderland in almost two years at the Stadium of Light, seeing just 27 minutes of action when replacing Ki Sung-Yong in a 3-1 FA Cup third round triumph over Carlisle 14 months ago.
The Newcastle University student, son of former Football Association chief executive Ian Watmore, became the first signing of Paolo Di Canio’s ill-fated six-month reign at the club in May 2013.
It is believed that Watmore had been promoted to train with the first team on the advice of Sunderland’s youth team coach Paul Bracewell. And, with injuries to Will Buckley and Emanuele Giaccherini, and uncertainty over Adam Johnson’s position at the club, he could be in contention for the game against West Ham at the Boleyn Ground this weekend.
Sunderland are just a point above the Clarets, with Sean Dyche’s side currently occupying the final relegation spot. The club parted company with Gus Poyet earlier this week following the 4-0 thumping against Aston Villa on home soil.