By Harvey Byrne
Ashley Fletcher came on as a substitute in West Ham’s 1-0 defeat against Astra Giurgiu on Thursday – and Hammers fans named him on Twitter as the one bright light to their display.
The 20-year-old striker moved to east London permanently from Manchester United this summer after a loan spell in League One with Barnsley last season.
Although West Ham suffered a humiliating loss that ended their Europa League hopes, Fletcher received many plaudits after an impressive performance.
The youngster replaced Jonathan Calleri around the hour mark and, despite just 30 minutes on the pitch, he caught the eye of many Hammers fans.
The supporters of the Olympic Stadium club have even called for the striker to start more games in the Premier League.
Here are a selection of their views on Twitter:
— ACKEY (@Georgeacland7) August 25, 2016
Fletcher did more in 10 mins than the rest of them put together. Looked quality, so he'll probably be sent out on loan tomorrow. #whufc
— ⚒ Gary Mills ⚒ (@GaryMillsy) August 25, 2016
— Daniel Lovegrove (@danplovegrove) August 25, 2016
Terrible tonight. Too casual/sloppy in the first half. Fletcher looked bright the other two up front didn't. Missed Noble. #WHUFC
— Lee Clayton (@LeeClayton_) August 25, 2016
— Richard Maher (@RichMaher93) August 25, 2016
Shocking performance tonight, no urgency going forward. The only decent player was Fletcher #WHUFC
— Bradley (@Bradajoy) August 25, 2016
Horrible match but going out of Europe could be a blessing in disguise. Also Fletcher should start #whufc
— Nick Collins (@nickcollins20) August 25, 2016
Some abysmal refereeing but #whufc were pretty awful tonight. Created plenty of scruffy chances but little quality up front. Fletcher v good
— Nick Godwin (@NickGodwinsport) August 25, 2016
Ashley Fletcher was decent when he came on. Unfortunate miss, but worked so much harder than the other lot. Only bright spark for me. #whufc
— H Pork (@HPork19) August 25, 2016
Fletcher signed a four-year contract at the Hammers this summer.
He has came on as a substitute in each of his three appearances for the club so far this season.
The east London club are eager to bring a new forward in this summer after earlier moves for Alexandre Lacazette and Carlos Bacca broke down.
Slaven Bilic has been linked with moves for Simone Zaza and Loic Remy, while the Croatian boss confirmed his interest in Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony earlier in the week.
However, the club’s now lack of European football may make it harder for the Hammers to strike a deal for one of their key targets.
In other West Ham team news, £20million record signing Andre Ayew will not have to undergo surgery on the thigh injury he suffered against Chelsea.