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Steven Fletcher | Forward | #26

Team: Sunderland
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 168

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Sunderland has confirmed that veteran forwards Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher will not be retained by the club.
Graham made 10 Premier League appearances this season with the Black Cats, failing to score a goal, but found success in the second half of the season while on loan at Blackburn Rovers, where he scored seven Championship goals in 18 appearances. Fletcher, meanwhile, spent nearly four seasons at the Stadium of Light before his loan to Marseille in the winter transfer window. The Scottish international scored four Premier League goals this season before the loan, where he scored three times for the French giants. The pair will become free agents on July 1. Sun, Jun 12, 2016 10:29:00 AM

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Steven Fletcher's Sunderland career appears to be over as the club has loaned him to Marseille for the remainder of the season in a late move on deadline day.

Fletcher's contract at Sunderland expires this summer, meaning he will become a free agent at the end of his loan spell in Ligue 1. The Scotland international made 16 Premier League appearances for the club this year, scoring four goals in the process, but was deemed surplus to requirements in the Northeast after the arrival of Dame N'Doye from Trabzonspor. Overall, Fletcher scored 23 goals in 108 appearances in his Sunderland career since arriving from Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2012.
Mon, Feb 1, 2016 04:37:00 PM

Sunderland could see the return of Jermain Defoe this week, but may also have to deal with the possibility of losing Steven Fletcher after the forward suffered a foot injury in training.

Manager Sam Allardyce already confirmed Sebastian Larsson (knee) and Lee Cattermole (back) will miss the weekend match against Watford and Fletcher could soon join the list: "We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see if that’s causing him a problem to be selected for Saturday." Fletcher has started the last eight Premier League matches for the Black Cats, scoring three goals and also adding an assist. Defoe, meanwhile, has returned to training from a hamstring injury and looks likely to be available for the weekend while Fabio Borini and Duncan Watmore could also see playing time.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 11:27:00 AM

Sunderland supporters can finally exhale as they grab their first win of the season, helped by a goal and penalty assist by Steven Fletcher.

It was anyone's match as the halftime whistle approached, but Fletcher drew a penalty when he was knocked down in the box to set up a penalty chance, which was converted by Adam Johnson. With the man advantage, they began setting the tempo in the second frame and Billy Jones was able to tap one in from a Yann M'Vila pass into the area. Fletcher would then put the cherry on top with a goal late on, volleying home from a Younes Kaboul cross. Fans are buzzing and have some renewed hope with Big Sam now in charge, but it is still going to be an uphill climb to move safely away from the relegation zone.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 10:04:00 AM

Sunderland have reportedly agreed a £9 million fee with Dynamo Kiev for striker Jeremain Lens…

Several news outlets are reporting that Dutch striker Jeremain Lens is awaiting a medical ahead of completing a £9 million transfer to Sunderland. A goal scorer was manager Dick Advocaat’s number one priority after a dire season in the PL, but so far all transfer business has been at the other end of the team – adding defenders Sebastien Coates and Adam Matthews. Advocaat knows his country man Lens from their days at PSV Eindhoven – where he hit 34 goals in 96 appearances, before joining Dynamo Kiev where he has enjoyed league and cup success in the last two seasons. Sunderland fans will be delighted at the news as Lens was thought to be tracked by several clubs across Europe. Steven Fletcher, Conor Wickham and Danny Graham are likely to be less enthusiastic.
Source: The Metro
Mon, Jul 13, 2015 03:56:00 PM

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher’s salary demands are casting doubt over his proposed move to Celtic…

With Fletcher in the final year of his contract, Sunderland are thought to be keen to move him on this summer rather than lose him on a free next year. A fee in the region of £4 million is thought to be required for the misfiring striker, who cost three times that in 2012 but has never recovered the momentum of his five goals in his first four matches. He went to score 11 that season, but just three the following year and five last time out. Celtic have always looked the most likely suitors with a deal including the Dutch defender – and long-time Sunderland target – Virgil van Dijk preferable. But Fletcher’s £50k a week salary is around double what the Scottish Champions are willing (or able) to pay.
Fri, Jun 19, 2015 05:29:00 AM

Scottish international Steven Fletcher is hoping to return before the end of the season after aggravating an ankle injury in training.

Fletcher had surgery just over two years ago to remedy a niggling ligament complaint but the problem flared up again and the striker was forced to meet with a specialist in London to have the injury assessed. Dick Advocaat stopped short of ruling Fletcher out for the season but with a little over 3-weeks remaining he does face a race against time; in his absence the Black Cats are likely to opt for a 4-4-2 with Connor Wickham partnering Jermain Defoe. Sunderland face Southampton this weekend and will be hoping for some payback following their early season drubbing at St Marys' [8-nil] – Sebastian Larsson returns from suspension while Adam Johnson will also be included.
Fri, May 1, 2015 06:35:00 PM

Steven Fletcher hadn't figured much since Jermain Defoe's arrival but he started against Aston Villa and scored well in fantasy despite the ugly 4-0 loss. He left the match late with a thigh problem.

It's bad news when your forward has a double digit fantasy point match that doesn't include so much as a shot on target. The depth of Sunderland's woes were such on Saturday that Fletcher managed four tackles won and three passes intercepted on the way to a ten-point day (Yahoo system). Sort of explains the loss, doesn't it?
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 01:00:00 PM

Gus Poyet has been relieved of his duties at Sunderland after 18 months in charge following Saturdays’ embarrassing 4-nil home loss to Aston Villa while matters on the pitch were made worse as the Black Cats also added another three players to their treatment room.

One of Poyet's last competitive decisions was to replace injured striker Steven Fletcher who had picked up a thigh problem late in the game, his second substitution of the match after Ricky Alvarez was unable to reappear after the interval due to an ongoing knee injury flaring up. Poyet admitted that ideally he wanted his starting eleven to suffer the indignity of the defeat sparing the rest of the squad which maybe helps to explain why Seb Larsson played 90 minutes despite receiving stitches in an ankle injury at half-time. Sunderland announced on Monday that Poyet had been sacked having only won 14 Premier League matches since taking over back in October 2013.
Mon, Mar 16, 2015 01:37:00 PM

Gus Poyet has confirmed the players who missed out during the home defeat to Liverpool on Saturday have a "good chance" of being available for game week 22.

Steven Fletcher was hampered by a groin problem during the build-up to last weekends' match which ultimately forced the Black Cats striker out while attacking team mate Jozy Altidore was struck down with illness on Friday night. Anthony Reveillere – who limped out of the warm-up during the Tyne / Wear derby in December – is also very close with the trio all expected to train this week. They join Jack Rodwell [hamstring] and come into contention for the trip to White Hart Lane. Lee Cattermole [groin] however remains a concern – the midfielder is not with the group yet but Gus Poyet is "hopeful" he can come back to replace the suspended Liam Bridcutt. Ricardo Alvarez will be pushing for a start after illness meant he was an unused substitute at the Stadium of Light.
Mon, Jan 12, 2015 01:11:00 PM

Steven Fletcher scored twice as Sunderland against 10-man Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Steven Fletcher scored his second brace of of the season to lift Sunderland out of the relegation zone with only their second league victory of the season. Fletcher opened the scoring with a terrific header, before another own goal by the Black Cats (courtesy of Wes Brown) levelled the scores after half time. Both sides went for the win and it was Jordi Gomez who put Sunderland back in the lead with 10 minutes to go firing in a great strike, before Palace captain Miles Jedinak was sent off for a silly second bookable offence. Fletcher then wrapped up the points with another smart finish, moving Sunderland up to 15th, while the Eagles drop to 17th.
Source: BBC Sport
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 05:16:00 PM

Struggling Sunderland were dealt a further blow on Saturday with the enforced departure of striker Steven Fletcher during the defeat to Arsenal.

The Scottish international limped to the sidelines on 50 minutes after his foot was trodden on with Fletcher having an X-ray and further scans to help identify the full extent of the injury. Despite only scoring two goals this season Fletcher is still the clubs leading marksman and his prowess and record could prove pivotal in keeping the Black Cats in the Premier League - Sunderland currently sit third bottom with a goal difference of minus 9 – only Burnley & Queens Park Rangers are worse off. The absence of Fletcher could open the door for US international Jozy Altidore who returned after missing the defeat to Southampton [personal reasons] and impressed during his 20 minute cameo.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 04:36:00 PM

Two goals from recalled Steven Fletcher helped Sunderland pick up their first Premier League victory of the season.

A well deserved victory for Sunderland, with two of their strikers scoring for the first time this season. Connor Wickham opened the scoring before Stoke equalised through Charlie Adam, but Fletcher's brace of goals - one in each half - gave Gus Poyet's men their first win of this Premier League campaign. Fletcher has not scored in 17 games prior to today so he'll take huge confidence in ending that baron spell, and the Scottish forward will be hoping to rediscover the form we saw in 2012/13.
Source: BBC Sport
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 12:23:00 PM

Sunderland produced an impressive performance to seal an emphatic 5-1 win over Darlington in a pre-season friendly.

Fletcher, who was making his first appearance since March, marked his return from injury with two goals before being taken off at half-time. The striker was badly missed last season and his return will be like a new signing for the Black Cats as they look to avoid another relegation battle. Emanuele Giaccherini, Connor Wickham and new signing Jordi Gomez scored the other goals.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 04:23:00 AM

Steven Fletcher is to spend the summer working his way back to full fitness.

Fletcher's season was brought to a premature end due to an ankle injury back in March, but he'd been struggling with a variety of knocks before that in what was a disappointing season. Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has indicated that the striker is jogging again and will go through another two weeks of training at the club before going on a brief summer break where he should continue building up his fitness ahead of pre-season.
Source: Sky Sports
Fri, May 16, 2014 08:18:00 AM