Sheffield Wednesday have announced the signing of Ashley Fletcher on a season-long loan from Watford. The player has worked under Xisco Munoz before and he praised him back in 2021.

Fletcher has signed for the Owls to bolster the team’s attacking ranks. He becomes the second player to sign for the club after Reece James and Juan Delgado penned terms at Hillsborough.

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The 27-year-old was on loan with Wigan last season. He scored just two goals in 28 appearances in all competitions and he will be hoping to get his career back on track with Wednesday.

Fletcher has played under Munoz previously and clearly, that is the catalyst behind this move. During the 2021/22 campaign, Fletcher scored twice in the Carabao Cup and after a goal against Crystal Palace, Munoz praised him.

He told Watford’s official website: “I’m very happy with Flether because he has worked very hard in pre-season and also scored many goals.

“I think he’s improving every day. This is very good news for us and I’m always happy with the players. He has a very good attitude.”

Wednesday land Fletcher on loan

The Owls have moved to sign another striker and this might not be a bad deal. He will certainly provide an injection of pace to go alongside the experience of Lee Gregory and Michael Smith.

Fletcher will have to prove himself to the Wednesday faithful. He’s only scored 59 goals in 245 games as a professional player; with a large number of those coming from academy games.

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Still, it’s clearly a signing that Munoz has pushed for that does bode well. The player will want to do well for the manager who has placed his faith in him and perhaps he can hit the goal trail.

Wednesday will certainly hope that Fletcher can hit the ground running. Their season gets underway a week on Friday and more new faces will be required before the big kick-off.

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