Sheffield Wednesday boss Xisco Munoz has suggested that Ashley Fletcher could become an important player for the Owls, despite a slow start to the season for the Watford loan man.

Fletcher, 27, joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan from Watford earlier in the summer. The striker was Wednesday’s third signing of the summer and he previously worked under Munoz at Watford.

He’s yet to start a game in the Championship, coming off the bench in each of his side’s last three league outings but failing to have any real impact.

And after the Preston defeat last weekend, Munoz was responding to criticism of his side’s slow start to the season, before discussing Fletcher’s arrival and overall impact so far.

In some newly surfaced comments, Munoz told Yorkshire Live:

“Do I want (Ashley) Fletcher for example to give me more? Of course, but it is his first week’s training. He needs more time, maybe he can, maybe not.

“Pre-season is like that. I know the capacity of him and what he can give me. I am sure in two weeks or three weeks he will be one of the best for us.”

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As a youngster, Fletcher was on the books at both Manchester United and West Ha, before making his name in the Football League with Middlesbrough.

Is the best yet to come for Fletcher?

It’s been a tough past few years for Fletcher. His move to 2021 Watford hasn’t worked out so far and nor have the loan spells that have followed, with Fletcher scoring just twice in the Championship for Wigan Athletic last time round.

But he remains a player with proven ability in the division and given time, he could yet come good.

It’s tough for a player when they’re always playing for different clubs, and in Fletcher’s case often playing for struggling clubs in the Championship.

But with a bit more creativity behind him, he could yet provide the goods that Sheffield Wednesday so desperately need.

The Owls return to action at Cardiff City this weekend.

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