Sheffield Wednesday: “Steven Fletcher can score 20 goals this season”

Steven Fletcher
Steven Fletcher

Keiren Westwood is predicting big things of summer signing Steven Fletcher, claiming the striker is capable of scoring 20 goals this season.

Goalkeeper Westwood is a bid admirer of Fletcher’s qualities, having played alongside the Scotland international at Sunderland.

Westwood told The Star: “Fletch is a great lad, a fantastic finisher and exactly what we needed. He’s very strong and good in air.

“Fletch is a great signing for our club. He can get 20 goals. We’ve got a quality midfield so he will get the service here.”

Fletcher has looked sharp in pre-season, finding the back of the net in their warm-up matches against CD Nacional and Portimonense.

The former Sunderland and Wolves man is poised to make his Owls debut in Sunday’s eagerly-anticipated showdown with Aston Villa, who have had a £12m bid accepted for Fulham striker Ross McCormack.

Westwood said: “Fletch is a fantastic character, a great footballer and will fit right into our team.”

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Sam Hutchinson is expected to be available for selection, having been rested in their last friendly versus Port Vale. The 27-year-old, who has been deployed at centre-half throughout their pre-season programme, was forced off against Nacional after sustaining a minor injury.

Boss Carlos Carvalhal said: “We didn’t want to take any risks with Sam. We just protected him.”

Jack Hunt and Marco Matias may also return to action after sitting out the Valiants warm-up match.

Portugal international Lucas Joao could be involved as long as he recovers from a back problem.

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