West Ham sign baby striker Fletcher from Man U


Plus a bunch of comments from the speculation thread moved over here to the done and dusted, Fred.


  • Romaine28 said:

    Fletcher signs

    Norman Stanley ;puzzled
  • Fletcher sounds like a decent prospect

    Between him and Martinez think we've got a bit of cover up front as far as straight up strikers go the academy doesn't really have a standout atm

    So (hopefully) Bacca, Carroll, Fletcher & Martinez filling up the forward options, think only 1 more is needed
  • Fletcher becomes the fourth signing of the summer

    West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of promising striker Ashley Fletcher from Manchester United.

  • What happened to our last signing from manure ;hmm

  • Young Fletcher's career achievements consist of 9 goals in 27 appearances for a 3rd division team.
  • edited July 2016
    The OS

    "Hammers sign prolific striker" ;wahoo

    How prolific then?! ;wahoo

    "Fletcher’s ability and promise saw Barnsley take the 20-year-old on loan in January 2016, a decision they would certainly not regret as the Yorkshireman amassed nine goals and four assists in 27 appearances in all competitions."

  • Young Fletcher's career achievements consist of 9 goals in 27 appearances for a 3rd division team.

    Yet we are highly optimistic Samuelson and Burke are gonna be first teamers within 2 years......after good loan spells in the 3rd division

    Nice to see us getting behind the new lads
  • 1 in 3 for a 20 year old ain't bad.
  • Apparently he looked like next to break into Man United 1st team but Rashford pipped him to it...
  • Yea united fans, while saying that he's got a lot to learn and is behind Rashford, seem somewhat dissappointed that he's gone

    A lot of them thought he could have had a impact like rashford has as they were rated similarly at youth level, thought he was at least good enough for a squad role

    If we can get half the player Rashford is looking like he's going to become it'll be £700k well spent
  • edited July 2016

    Young Fletcher's career achievements consist of 9 goals in 27 appearances for a 3rd division team.


    Depends how you look at it.

    He scored 9 goals and got 4 assists while he was on loan for the 2nd half of the season, for a club that got promoted to the Championship. In the course of which he scored a goal in the play-offs.

    Clearly signed as one for the (not too distant) future, and seems to me to be a step up on Elliot Lee.
  • http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/man-utd-transfer-news-fletcher-11552336

    Read the comments almost all of them upset he's gone and one poster described him as amomg the cream of the crop of their current youngsters

    So quietly optimistic of this deal
  • Interesting that the OS described him as a first team player. ;hmm
  • You don't sign a 20 year old as a youth prospect imo, so first team squad will be what he was signed for. Good signs that Man U fans are disappointed with this.
  • His only target will be to surpass Eminike
  • His only target will be to surpass Eminike

    I surpass Emenike at my five-a-side Monday night football
  • ;hmm 20 years old 20 goals a season not much to ask for welcome to our family a new little baby boy ;wahoo
  • Looks like a not very much to lose and an everything to gain bit of business. At 20 he has not stopped improving hopefully and could turn out to be a real bargain. Slav appears a good man manager and hopefully can bring him on nicely.

    As an aside it would have been interesting to have seen if Slav could have done anything with Rav as he looks very able to build relationships with players.
  • Personally think bilic would be the perfect manager for Rav...

    Think he builds people up and is often described by players as a father figure... Probably what Rav needs, Sam and Sir Alex seem more of a strict management style rather than the one of us relationship bilic builds...

    Think Slav can be strict when needed to be, so wouldn't of come across so much of a push over like the more inexperienced Clarke...

    But we will never know...
  • From the OS

    “Fletcher and [Toni] Martinez are prospects,” Bilic said about his young forwards. .... we are competing in the Premier League and they are still too young.

    “Some of them can do what [Marcus] Rashford did for Man United last season, but to play a full season with them from the start would not be the option we want. They can emerge and surprise and amaze us and the league, like Rashford, but we are still looking to get a striker if we can, but only if he is a better striker than what we have.

    Read more at http://www.whufc.com/News/Articles/2016/July/13-July/Bilic-It-was-a-good-test#6g6XPy34hqYfU6J1.99
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