Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher has scored four Premier League goals already.

Steven Fletcher has told the Chronicle that he is absolutely loving playing regular football for Sunderland again this season.

The Scotland international had been dropped to the substitutes’ bench last campaign, with many of his appearances being brief cameos.

However, he has nailed down his position in Sunderland’s starting line-up this term and is hoping that manager Sam Allardyce continues to select him.

“It’s been good, I’ve been playing week in, week out, which I’ve not really had the chance to do for a long time,” he said.

“So I’m grateful for that and hopefully I can keep it going.”

Fletcher has made 16 appearances for Sunderland so far this campaign and his form has markedly improved as a result.

The 28-year-old already has four goals to his name for the season, which is only one fewer than he netted in the whole of last term.

It will be important that he keeps hitting the back of the net, too, as his contract is up at the end of the campaign and Sunderland will be relying on Fletcher to score the goals to get them out of trouble.

As things stand the Black Cats are stuck down in 19th place in the Premier League table, with their next fixture coming against out of sorts Chelsea at the weekend.

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