Sunderland ace Steven Fletcher comments on why his teammates are calling him daft

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher does not want to change his committed approach to playing the game.

Steven Fletcher may have had his fair share of injury problems in recent times, but he is determined not to change how he plays football.

The Sunderland striker's committed approach to the game, means that he puts his safety at jeopardy during matches, but this style is not about to be altered because of his spell on the sidelines.

Indeed, Fletcher admits that even his teammates have questioned his logic behind going into so many 50/50 battles, but he is convinced that it is the best style for him to adopt. 

“Some of the boys always say to me that I’m daft for some of the tackles I go into,” the Scotland international told the Northern Echo. “But it’s just my instinct to go into them. The ball’s there. I just get on with it; I have to do it because it would take some of my game away if I didn’t.

“It’s the same with headers. It used to be I’d go up for headers and come down, land and feel my ankle straight away. But if I stop going up for headers, I’m probably not going to score!”

Fletcher is still working his way back to the top of his game this season, and he hasn't hit the back of the net as much as he would have been hoping for.

The Black Cats' striker may still be his side's most potent attacking weapon, but he has only scored four goals in 14 games and he will be aiming to improve this record soon.

A clinical finisher, Fletcher generally can be relied on in-front of goal, but he has suffered from a lack of service from his teammates so far this campaign. 

Sunderland have struggled for goals throughout the season so far, scoring just 12 in as many games to date. 

It is something which they will need to improve on if they are to begin to climb up the table and away from danger.

At the moment, Gus Poyet's men are just three points away from the drop-zone and they will be looking to make their position look a little less precarious in the upcoming weeks.

Doing so may be a tough ask, though. The Wearsiders face a challenging fixture list, with games against Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool in the next three weeks, meaning any points they are able to pick up may come as a welcome boost. 

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