West Ham striker: I want to follow in Rashford footsteps
By Matt Farr
West Ham striker Ashley Fletcher has revealed he wants to make a name for himself in the Premier League.
The Mirror claim the 21-year-old has vowed to emulate former Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford, who rose to prominence last season.
Rashford scored eight goals from 18 games in all competitions last term to earn a place in the England squad during Euro 2016, and Fletcher is aiming to follow suit.
“Hopefully [I can achieve what he has] – who knows?”, Fletcher said. “I can maybe show myself like that one day too.
“I’ve always known that one day I could play in the Premier League and, fortunately for me, West Ham have given me the opportunity. I’m glad I can showcase my skills and keep trying to improve in this team.”
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Rashford and Fletcher played together in United’s academy, but the latter opted to join West Ham when his contract expired at the end of last season.
He spent last season on loan at Barnsley, where he scored nine goals in 27 appearances. However, United weren’t able to grant him assurances over a first-team squad role, and allowed him to leave the club.
Fletcher was named in the starting XI for West Ham’s EFL cup tie with United on Wednesday night, scoring the visitors’ only goal in the 4-1 defeat – his first of the season.
The Hammers are without injured duo Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho, while Jonathan Calleri and Simone Zaza have both failed to prove themselves this season – so Fletcher is now Slaven Bilic’s best, and only option.
But Fletcher is keen to make the most of his opportunity, and prove himself as the Hammers’ new leading man. He is expected to retain his place when Arsenal travel to the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
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