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‘No, look elsewhere’, ‘Absolutely not’ – 6ft 1 striker and Sunderland: The verdict



Ashley Fletcher is someone who had a tricky campaign last season after signing for Middlesbrough from West Ham in the summer. 

In half the season he had at the Riverside he failed to impress and was sent out on loan in January when Tony Pulis took over the reigns.

Again he struggled to have an impact at the Stadium of Light despite starting all but one game for the club during his loan spell.

But there is no doubt that Fletcher is a very talented striker and it is possible he simply struggled to adapt to life at Middlesbrough.

It is hard to have too much of a go at Fletcher for his lack of goals at Sunderland when the entire club was in complete disarray.

So should Sunderland offer to take the 22-year-old on loan again this season?

We discuss…

Gary Hutchinson 

Absolutely not. He is synonymous with their failure last season and whether he is a talented boy or not is irrelevant.

He didn’t settle at Sunderland and there is no way they should get him back.

George Dagless

I would say no.

He’s a striker with talent and could be useful for the right club but sometimes some things are better left alone.

It didn’t work at Sunderland and under a new direction it might be best Fletcher goes elsewhere on loan.

Alfie Burns 

He didn’t really set the world alight in the Championship, but in League One, he could be the striker Sunderland need.

For Fletcher, it’s hard to see him getting a chance with Boro, so this could be a move that all parties benefit from.

Chris Gallagher 

No, look elsewhere.

He didn’t deliver in his time at the Stadium of Light and didn’t endear himself to the supporters either. He has potential but they need a more proven player.

Jay Williams 

Fletcher’s loan spell at Sunderland was a disaster and many fans felt that Joel Asoro and Josh Maja should have been handed more starts ahead of him.

But with his career stalling in the Championship, a move to League One could benefit him.

The former Man United and West Ham man is not going to get chances at Boro and he could lead the line for Sunderland next term if Asoro leaves.

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