Ashley Fletcher

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Ashley Fletcher
Ashley Fletcher.jpg
Fletcher warming-up for West Ham United
Personal information
Full name Ashley Michael Fletcher[1]
Date of birth (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Keighley, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Middlesbrough
Number 18
Youth career
2005–2009 Bolton Wanderers
2009–2014 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Manchester United 0 (0)
2016Barnsley (loan) 21 (5)
2016–2017 West Ham United 16 (0)
2017– Middlesbrough 23 (1)
2018Sunderland (loan) 16 (2)
National team
2015–2016 England U20 3 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:00, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:43, 8 October 2017 (UTC)

Ashley Michael Fletcher (born 2 October 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Middlesbrough, and the England under-20 team.

Early and personal life[edit]

Born in Keighley, West Yorkshire,[3] Fletcher attended Canon Slade School, where he obtained 12 GCSEs all with grades of either A or B.[4] He played football, cricket, basketball, and athletics for the school.[4]

Club career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

After starting his career at Bolton Wanderers, joining the club at the age of nine, Fletcher moved to Manchester United at the age of 13.[4] He signed his first professional contract with Manchester United in May 2014.[4]

Barnsley (loan)[edit]

With first-team action at Manchester United hard to come by, Fletcher signed for Barnsley on loan in January 2016.[5] He scored on his professional debut on 9 January 2016, in a 1–1 draw with Fleetwood Town in the Football League Trophy Northern Area Final first leg,[6] and scored his first league goal on 20 February 2016.[7]

On 3 April 2016 he scored a goal in the 2016 Football League Trophy Final as Barnsley won the competition.[8] On 29 May 2016, he scored the opening goal in Barnsley's 3–1 victory in the 2016 Football League One play-off Final against Millwall, helping Barnsley return to the Championship.[9] In total Fletcher scored nine goals in 27 games for Barnsley during his spell at the club.[6]

After impressing while on loan at Barnsley, Fletcher was offered a new contract at Manchester United amid interest from Championship side Leeds United.[10] On 23 June 2016, it was reported that he had turned down the contract offer to stay at Manchester United but would continue to train at the club.[11]

West Ham United[edit]

In July 2016, Fletcher signed a four-year deal with West Ham United.[12]

He made his unofficial debut for West Ham United's Development squad on 15 July 2016 in a 2–0 pre-season friendly defeat away to Chelmsford City.[13]

His West Ham debut came on 18 August in the UEFA Europa League when he was introduced as a last minute substitute for Andy Carroll in a 3–0 win over NK Domžale.[14] His Premier League debut came again from the substitutes bench on 21 August when he replaced Håvard Nordtveit after 80 minutes, in a 1–0 win over Bournemouth.[14]

On 30 November 2016, Fletcher scored his first goal for West Ham, in a 4–1 defeat to Manchester United, in the EFL Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford.[14][15]

Middlesbrough[edit]

On 28 July 2017, Fletcher signed for Middlesbrough for a fee of £6.5 million, signing a four-year contract.[16][17] He made his debut for Boro on 5 August 2017 against Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 1–0 defeat.[18] His first goal for the club came as the last of three in a 3–0 win against Scunthorpe United on 22 August 2017 in the EFL Cup.[19]

On 31 January 2018, Fletcher made a deadline day switch to Sunderland, signing on loan for the remainder of the season.[20] He scored his first goal for Sunderland in a 4-1 win at Derby County on 30 March 2018.[21]

International career[edit]

In November 2015, Fletcher made his debut for the England under-20 side, scoring only 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute. In March 2016, he was called up to face the Canada under-20s, playing up front with his then Manchester United teammate Marcus Rashford, and scored in a 4–1 win.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 5 February 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2015–16[6] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barnsley (loan) 2015–16[6] League One 21 5 6[a] 4 27 9
West Ham United 2016–17[14] Premier League 16 0 1 0 1 1 2[b] 0 20 1
Middlesbrough 2017–18[21] Championship 16 1 0 0 3 1 19 2
2018–19[23] Championship 6 0 3 0 5 3 0 0 14 3
Total 22 1 3 0 8 4 0 0 33 5
Sunderland (loan) 2017–18[21] Championship 16 2 1 1 0 0 17 3
Career total 75 8 5 1 9 5 8 4 97 18
  1. ^ Three appearances and two goals in Football League Trophy, three appearances and two goals in League One play-offs
  2. ^ Appearances in Europa League

Honours[edit]

Barnsley

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squads for 2016/17 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Ashley Fletcher". 11v11. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Profile". Manchester United F.C. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Craig Nelson (24 May 2014). "Former Canon Slade pupil Ashley Fletcher wins pro contract at Manchester United". Bolton News. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Manchester United striker Ashley Fletcher joins Barnsley on loan". BBC Sport. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d "Games played by Ashley Fletcher in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  7. ^ Simon Bajkowski (23 February 2016). "Manchester United youngster Ashley Fletcher delighted with first league goal". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  8. ^ Simon Bajkowski (3 April 2016). "Manchester United's Ashley Fletcher scores in Wembley win". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  9. ^ a b Stevens, Rob (29 May 2016). "Barnsley 3–1 Millwall". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  10. ^ Phil Hay (6 June 2016). "Leeds United: Whites keen on Manchester United forward Ashley Fletcher". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  11. ^ Phil Hay (24 June 2016). "Leeds United's hopes of signing Fletcher rise as striker turns down Old Trafford deal". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  12. ^ Rob Stevens (12 July 2016). "Ashley Fletcher: England Under-20 striker joins West Ham from Man Utd". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  13. ^ "FT- Chelmsford City 2-0 Dev Squad". whufc.com. West Ham United F.C. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  14. ^ a b c d "Games played by Ashley Fletcher in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Fletcher ready for more goals". West Ham United F.C. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  16. ^ "Ashley Fletcher Signs For Boro". mfc.co.uk. Middlesbrough FC. 28 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Ashley Fletcher: Middlesbrough sign West Ham United striker for £6.5m". BBC Sport. 28 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Middlesbrough". BBC Sport. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Middlesbrough 3–0 Scunthorpe United". BBC Sport. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Ovie Ejaria, Ashley Fletcher and Lee Camp join Sunderland". BBC Sport. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  21. ^ a b c "Games played by Ashley Fletcher in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  22. ^ Simon Bajkowski (31 March 2016). "Manchester United starlet Ashley Fletcher out to join Marcus Rashford via Wembley spotlight". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  23. ^ "Games played by Ashley Fletcher in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  24. ^ Cartwright, Phil (3 April 2016). "Barnsley 3–2 Oxford United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2018.

External links[edit]