Sunderland outcast Steven Fletcher comments on his Wearside struggles, wants permanent Marseille move

The Scottish international joined Marseille on loan recently.

In perhaps one of the shock deals of transfer deadline day Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher departed the Wearside club to join French side Marseille on loan until the end of the season.

The Scotland international has clearly not impressed his new manager Sam Allardyce and he is now all set to leave the club for nothing in the summer.

But will he be heading to Marseille.

Speaking in a news conference today it certainly seems as though that is his wish.

Fletcher was quoted by Le Phoceen as stating:

"My arrival was rapid. I feel very good here, my teammates are nice.

"As soon as l'OM was interested, I wasn't thinking. I jumped at the chance. It is a big club.

"I'm at the end of my contract this summer. I have to show what I'm capable of doing, trying to impress the club.

"I hope to have more playing time. My situation at Sunderland was difficult with new players arriving."

After scoring 11 goals in 30 games in his first season at Sunderland after a move from Wolves he struggled with injuries and form. He has scored just 23 goals in 102 appearances for the club and despite the odd good performance against local rivals Newcastle United it never really happened for him at the Stadium of Light.

French football represents an entirely different challenge for the Scotsman and he will certainly hope to impress enough to earn a permanent move from Sunderland to the Stade Velodrome when his contract expires in the summer.

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