Will Ashley Fletcher be wishing he left Middlesbrough while he could?

Ashley Fletcher of West Ham United checks out the pitch prior to the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and West Ham United at Riverside Stadium on January 21, 2017 in...

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

23rd September 2017, Craven Cottage, London, England; EFL Championship football, Fulham versus Middlesbrough; Cyrus Christie of Middlesbrough celebrates with Ashley Fletcher of...

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.

Ashley Fletcher of Middlesbrough during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough at City Ground on August 19, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

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.

Former Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium on December 20, 2014 in Manchester,...

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