Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has ended his time in the North and arrived in South France for his season long loan move to Marseille. He joins the club after having a rollercoaster time at Sunderland where he never managed to land a leading striker place consistently and often made appearances off the bench for the Tyneside club.
Not only this but Jermaine Defoe’s form has meant that Fletcher has been left out in the cold and hasn’t had the opportunities to play as much as he would like under the new boss Sam Allardyce. Marseille weren’t the only club linked to the Scottish international as West Ham were also heavily linked to Sunderland’s former man, but Fletcher and Sunderland decided that Marseille was the best destination for him and the club. Fletcher also has a high wage demand meaning the outgoing of the 28 year old means they have freed up some money , which could mean the domino effect could be in place and an arrival at Sunderland could imminent.
Fletcher isn’t getting any younger and with Scotland unable to qualify for the European Championships this summer this deal may just be the best thing for him as he can enjoy his football in a good footballing environment and may offer something different to Marseilles side with his arial threat. During Fletcher’s 94 games for Sunderland he scored 23 goals after making the move from Wolverhampton Wanderers.