Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe impressed by Steven Fletcher

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher has scored seven goals in his last six games for club and country.

Jermain Defoe has told the Daily Star that his Sunderland teammate Steven Fletcher is ‘on fire’ at the moment.

Defoe and Fletcher have been partnered together in Sunderland’s latest two outings, as Sam Allardyce has looked to use a two strikers with the Black Cats.

And there have been signs of promise from both members of the pair, with Defoe talking up the Scotland international’s form.

"In the last two games, Fletch and me up front has felt good," said Defoe in the Daily Star.

"Fletch is on-fire at the minute - he's strong, holds the ball up so well and we can play off each other.

"It was good that we both scored but just frustrating we gave the game to Everton in the second half when we could have come away with a point."

Fletcher’s future at Sunderland was placed into doubt before his current purple patch, as he has struggled for goals so much over recent years.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers man has not been prolific in either of the last two seasons and, with his contract set to expire at the end of the current campaign, there were doubts over whether he would extend his stay Wearside beyond 2016.

However, Fletcher is currently on his best scoring run for a number of years, and he has netted seven times in his last six matches for club and country.

Sunderland will be hoping that the 28-year-old can keep his current form up, as they will be relying on him to help score the goals to fire them to safety.

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