By Joe Nelson
Ashley Fletcher has been selected to lead the West Ham attack at Manchester City – and fans believe it is well deserved.
The 20-year-old is joined up front by Enner Valencia, who has not been popular with the Hammers faithful recently and has been widely linked with a summer exit..
Fletcher joined West Ham on a free transfer from Manchester United in July and has since gone on to make three substitute appearances in total, one of which came in the Premier League.
The striker has been given his chance to shine on Sunday by Slaven Bilic, on a day when the Hammers have completed the signing of Simone Zaza from Juventus.
The youngster is behind fellow summer signing Jonathan Calleri as well as injured big-name duo Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew, although he is ahead of outcast Diafra Sakho.
West Ham supporters have urged Fletcher to make the most of his opportunity.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Chuffed for Ashley Fletcher…well deserved start, especially after he essentially played as a 1-man team for the last 20mins vs Astra.
— Jamie Bennett (@jamiebennett92) August 28, 2016
Big day for @AshFletcher___ at the Etihad. Huge step to play at PL level, but this lad is capable, no doubt about it.
— Ryan Wilson (@Ryan170193) August 28, 2016
Great to see @AshFletcher___ starting. Hopefully he can do one over the smaller side of town
— Spencer Jones (@SJones__5) August 28, 2016
— Chris Rhodes (@Chris11Rhodes) August 28, 2016
— mark gevaux (@theribman) August 28, 2016
— tonyhammer (@tonyhammer1) August 28, 2016
The stage is set for @AshFletcher___ 🙏🏿
— Juvy (@JuvyFbaby) August 28, 2016
— Lewis Isley (@LewisIsley) August 28, 2016