Sunderland should look at re-signing Ashley Fletcher on loan

Ashley Fletcher of Sunderland during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Burton Albion at Stadium of Light on April 21, 2018 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland are on the hunt for another striker to bolster their forward line for their all-important League One campaign.

Ashley Fletcher of Sunderland controls the ball under a challenge by Kevin McDonald of Fulham FC during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Sunderland at Craven Cottage on...

Former Sunderland loanee Ashley Fletcher looks to be at the wrong end of the striker pecking order with his current side Middlesbrough, with four other forwards likely to be favoured in front of the 22-year-old.

The Keighley-born player's hopes of breaking into the first-team of Sunderland's rivals have taken a hit after Jordan Hugill linked up with Middlesbrough.

However, with Sunderland hoping to grab another striker in this window, they should look at signing the out-of-favour Fletcher on a second loan spell.

 

Fletcher did not enjoy the best of times on Wearside, scoring just twice for Sunderland in the Championship.

However, the youngster often showed promise, as demonstrated in the game away to Derby County last term, when Sunderland won 3-1 and Fletcher got on the score sheet; delivering a man of the match performance along the way.

With Sunderland now in the third tier, a move back to Wearside and a drop down in division for the Boro man could be exactly what Fletcher needs to kick-start his career.

Ashley Fletcher of Sunderland celebrates scoring the second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Sunderland at iPro Stadium on March 30, 2018 in Derby,...

Jack Ross and Sunderland are running out of time to sign a forward on a permanent switch, with the transfer window closing late Thursday evening.

But with the option for Football League clubs to sign loan players not ending until later this month, a deal for Fletcher could be easily achieved in the next few days if both clubs and the player were to agree terms.

42-year-old Ross will be hoping to sign another striker regardless, whether that be Fletcher or not, with Jerome Sinclair, Charlie Wyke and Duncan Watmore all currently on the injury list.

Sunderland manager Jack Ross during the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Charlton Athletic at Stadium of Light on August 4, 2018 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.

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