Poyet on the Sunderland player who has been 'outstanding' in training

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says that Steven Fletcher has been outstanding in training so far this season.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has praised Steven Fletcher's efforts in training after his crucial brace against Crystal Palace.

The Black Cats centre-forward may have had to spend time on the sidelines previously this season, but he looks set to monopolise the starting position up-front now.

Fletcher scored twice to deliver victory over Crystal Palace last night and Poyet has been delighted by his attitude.

"He has been outstanding in training and he has been a really refreshing player to watch," he said to the Shields Gazette

“If we put the ball in there for him I’m sure that he’s going to score plenty for us.

“It’s up to us to create, he’s the finisher. We need to give it to him, for him to finish.”

Sunderland have struggled for goals so far this campaign, so having Fletcher back at the top of his game will serve as a major boost for the side.

The Scotland international is a natural finisher and he may just be the man who proves key to the Wearsiders avoiding the drop. 

Fletcher may not offer as much in open play as others, but if given a chance he will take it and his two goals last night were a good example of his quality.

The first came via a brilliant header and he then rounded off his night with a neat finish in the closing stages. 

The goals take his total to three for the season and he will be hoping to add more to his tally this weekend when his side take on Everton. 

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