Ashley Fletcher impressed in his first start of the season against Notts County last month but his Middlesbrough chances are few and far between.

Middlesbrough striker Ashley Fletcher had a dismal spell with Sunderland last season, scoring just two goals for the Black Cats in 16 games.

The 22-year-old returned to the Riverside hoping he would be able to cement a place in the Championship side’s first-team, but Fletcher is yet to do that.

After impressing in the few games he has featured in so far this campaign, Fletcher might be wishing he had left Teeside to kick-start his career elsewhere earlier in the summer.

Four substitute appearances in the Championship and two starts in the Carabao Cup is how Fletcher’s early-season has panned out and the striker has impressed, with his best display coming against Notts Count when he bagged a brace.

But, since the return of the previously injured Jordan Hugill against Leeds United at the end of August, Fletcher has not even featured in Tony Pulis’s match-day squad.

Rudy Gestede looks set to return to the Boro first-team in the coming games, leaving Fletcher one place further down the pecking order behind the in-form pair of Britt Assombalonga and Martin Braithwaite, as well as Hugill and Gestede. 

Fletcher has seemingly been left out in the dark, and it is imperative the youngster gets game time, but to do that the former West Ham United man may want to look for another club in the January transfer window.

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