Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock has suggested that he wants to ensure that Boro manage to keep hold of Duncan Watmore beyond his short-term deal following his impact at the Riverside.
Watmore was handed a short-term deal with Boro and was tasked with showing that he could stay fully fit and add some extra quality to Middlesbrough’s attack.
The former Sunderland forward has certainly done that so far for Warnock’s side. He was again heavily instrumental in their 3-0 win against Millwall on Saturday. The 26-year-old fired in two goals and was a real handful for the Lions.
Middlesbrough have at times this season lacked a bit of quality going forwards, and Warnock has suggested he wants Boro to add players with more flair to the squad. Yannick Bolasie has once again being muted for a switch to the Riverside. Watmore’s current deal ends in mid-January and it could be important that they extend that deal to keep their attacking options improving.
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Speaking to the Northern Echo following their 3-0 win against Millwall, Warnock admitted he has already told Watmore he hopes that the club can sort out a financial offer for him to extend his stay at the Riverside. While he also insisted that he thinks he can get the best out of the attacker.
He said: “Duncan took his goals well, his second was a typical poacher’s goal. He was in the right place.
“We have to agree financially, but I have already told him I want to keep him on; if he wants to stay. The club suits him and he suits the club. I think I can get the best out of him to be honest.”
Watmore has taken on the challenge of showing his worth impressively since he started to feature for Boro, and the 26-year-old has arrived at a crucial time in their season to inject an added threat into their attacking options.
The forward has always had ability and you get the impression that Warnock is the exact type of manager needed to find the best from him on a regular basis.
The 26-year-old remaining at Boro would make perfect sense for all parties and you would think that Middlesbrough will do all that they can to ensure they offer him a deal that will make him want to commit to the club. Watmore is also reaping the rewards of is hard work off the field and is starting to get back to the player he showed glimpses he could be at Sunderland.
Middlesbrough are likely to find January business difficult to do under the current financial situation, do they can not afford to let a player of Watmore’s ability to leave the club. This looks like something that should be very straightforward to sort out for Boro.