French press rave about Sunderland loanee Steven Fletcher's full debut

Marseille Velodrome

L'Equipe compared him to Porto and Algeria legend Rabah Madjer.

It certainly was one of the deals that caught fans and football followers in the UK off guard on transfer deadline day - as Scotland international Steven Fletcher headed to Marseille on loan from Sunderland.

The shock move came about after it became clear that Fletcher was set to become a fringe player under the management of Sam Allardyce.

With his contract up in the summer he wanted out and he is now trying to earn himself a future with Marseille.

Yesterday he did his chances no harm with an excellent full debut for the club. He set up Romain Alessandrini for the opening Marseille goal and then scored the second. Albeit the man-of-the-match performance came against amateur side Trelissac but it still caught the eye of the French press.

L'Equipe for instance were lavish in their praise.

The respected French publication adorned their front page with a picture of Fletcher and the inside piece raved about his performance.

'Steven Fletcher a du flair' was the title, Steven Fletcher has flair the translation.

They went on to tentatively compare him to the majestic Algerian Rabah Madjer, a legend at Portuguese club FC Porto, who was known for his elegance on the pitch.

This will come as a surprise to many a Sunderland fan considering the struggle for form that Fletcher had suffered at the Stadium of Light prior to his exit.

But Fletcher is already off to a promising start in France.

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