Exciting times ahead for Sunderland and Steven Fletcher

Fletcher was outstanding for Wolves last season in their failed battle against the drop, and anyone who can hit ten or more goals in a struggling side shouldn’t be sniffed at.

Exciting times ahead for Sunderland and Steven Fletcher

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Andy

August 23rd, 2012

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It’s been a long drawn out saga this summer but finally it seems Steven Fletcher is a Sunderland player, and I couldn’t be happier about this.

It feels as though this has gone on forever as Fletcher was one of the first names linked this summer, and was even getting a mention before the season ended as a prospective target for Sunderland, so it’s an absolute delight to see him pulling on the red and white.

Some fans think the £12m transfer is excessive for the former Scotland international, with supposedly better targets with fancier names available cheaper on the continent. I don’t subscribe to this theory. Value is only based on what the player does for us, and if Martin O’Neill believes Fletcher is the man to lead our line, I fully support him.

Fletcher was outstanding for Wolves last season in their failed battle against the drop, and anyone who can hit ten or more goals in a struggling side shouldn’t be sniffed at.

For a while we’ve lacked a presence in the penalty area. Darren Bent was more of a poacher, Gyan we just generally never saw the best of and Nicklas Bendtner seemed to turn up when he wanted.

Fletcher is the perfect amalgamation of all these strikers. Exceptional in the air, a boon for us considering we have the flying James McClean down one wing, and the accurate Seb Larsson on the other. Needless to mention our main creative force in Stephane Sessegnon down the middle, or the potential introduction of Adam Johnson to the side.

Fletcher has a great strike record too, with Opta dubbing him one of the most clinical strikers in the league as he converted over 70% of his ‘clear cut chances’… more than the likes of Sergio Aguero and Robin Van Persie, and only levelled by penalty expert Frank Lampard.

It’s an exciting time for us. The doom and gloom of preseason where results and performances were less than stellar.

The names linked to the club have been fantastic and fantastical… Adam Johnson remains a strong possibility, and an exciting one at that. Dimitar Berbatov would be an incredible coup, but based a little in fantasy.

As for the time being though, things are looking up. Some pundits had us down as potential relegation battlers this summer, and I’ll be perfectly honest I didn’t think things would go all too well having sat through the horrendous preseason, but the smog has well and truly lifted and the feel-good factor is in force.

With Fletcher leading the line, a fine, fine player to have around the club, I’m convinced we’re going places. He’ll surprise many this season, as will we as a club.

Look out Premier League, we’re only just getting started.

 

Words by Simon Walsh

1 Response

Posted by Jonno on

I thought the fee was £15m?

Still, it’s MON and he’ll always get ripped off.

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