Neil Warnock believes that Duncan Watmore would ‘be an idiot’ to leave Middlesbrough next month.
The former Sunderland man arrived at the Riverside Stadium on a short-term deal during the Autumn as he looked to revive his career following a frustrating time with the Black Cats.
To say that he’s done that is an understatement.
Since joining Watmore has scored four goals in seven appearances for the Teessiders leading to rumours of interest from elsewhere in the Championship.
Warnock was quizzed on the forward’s future amid an unconfirmed rumour about Norwich City being keen, but the boss insisted that he’s confident that the 26-year-old will stay put.
As quoted by Teesside Live, Warnock said: “Listen, if he wanted to go to Norwich then I wouldn’t stand in his way, not after the injuries he’s had. He’s a fabulous lad.
“But I will say, if he did go to Norwich, it will be the biggest mistake he ever makes.
“That’s all I can say on that. It doesn’t worry me, players turning me down. I just think it’s their loss.
“I look at the players we were after in the summer and I don’t think any of them have knocked any doors down. Most of them are injured.
“I’m happy with everything and I think Neil [Bausor] has been talking to his man for about a week but I’ve never heard anything about Norwich. You maybe know more than me, but I certainly won’t lose any sleep over it.
“I think he’d be stupid to leave this club, team and myself.
“This season for him shouldn’t be about money. It should be about him playing games after his injuries. He fits in so well with us and he’s a lovely lad.
“I think he’d be an idiot to leave us. But hey, sometimes that’s how it goes. You win some, you lose some.”
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Duncan Watmore surely has to stay put at the Riverside Stadium.
After taking a gamble in giving him a contract with the club it would be a real slap in the face if Watmore was to move on at the first opportunity.
I can’t see it happening, though, with the 26-year-old looking likely to play a big role for the club this season.