Sunderland winger Duncan Watmore admits he is baffled why the club are on the verge of suffering back-to-back relegations.
After being perennial strugglers in the Premier League, the Black Cats were finally relegated from the top flight last season and are now in real danger of slipping out of the Championship given they are currently six points adrift of safety, with only three games remaining.
Watmore has been little more than a spectator during the last two years as two separate knee ligament injuries have kept him on the sidelines.
The 24-year-old has only appeared six times in the Championship this season, the last of which came against Millwall in November, and he admits he is baffled by Sunderland’s plight.
“I think we’ve got a really good group here in the dressing room, with a lot of young lads,” Watmore was quoted as saying by the Chronicle Live.
“That’s why it is so hard to explain the season we are having.”
Watmore is looking forward to making a return to the first-team fold under boss Chris Coleman, who took over as manager the day after Watmore suffered his second knee injury.
Watmore added: “He’s (Coleman) been great around the place, he is always positive, and the lads enjoy training.”
Sunderland face a must-win clash with fellow strugglers Burton at the Stadium of Light on Saturday and they are priced at 1.95 to secure all three points. The Brewers are available at 4.00 and the draw is on offer at 3.50.