O'Neill: Sunderland fortunes depend on Fletcher form

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill says this season's ambitions rely on Steven Fletcher.

The Scottish striker, 25, has already hit three goals in two Premier League games since his £14million arrival from Wolves.

O'Neill told talkSPORT: “I think he will score goals for us. I think he will be able to hold up play for us. I think that’s really, really important for us, it’s absolutely essential.

“He’ll bring people into the game and I think during the next couple of months, when he does get properly fit, he’s still struggling with that at the minute because of having no pre-season, he’ll do really well.

“I mentioned people seem to have underrated him but not me. I watched Wolves play a lot last season and each time they played their games, despite the fact they might have lost some of those particular matches, I thought he was still excellent."

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