Sheffield Wednesday: Steven Fletcher can be ‘one of the best players outside the Premier League’

Liam Bridcutt tussles with Sheffield Wednesday's Steven Fletcher. PIC: Steve Ellis
Liam Bridcutt tussles with Sheffield Wednesday's Steven Fletcher. PIC: Steve Ellis
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Sheffield Wednesday winger Will Buckley is looking forward to, this weekend, linking up with a player he describes as ‘one of the best outside the Premier League’.

Buckley could be in line for his first league start for the Owls, when Carlos Carvalhal’s side travel to Brentford on Saturday and the former Sunderland winger is relishing an opportunity to once again playing alongside Steven Fletcher, a former team mate at The Stadium of Light.

Leeds United's Ronaldo Vieira (left) and Sheffield Wednesday's Will Buckley

Leeds United's Ronaldo Vieira (left) and Sheffield Wednesday's Will Buckley

Fletcher is yet to get off the mark for Wednesday but looked impressive in his debut, on the opening day against Aston Villa, before picking up a head injury in a clash with Tommy Elphick.

However, Buckley is expecting big things of the Scotland international, called up to Gordon Strachan’s latest squad this week, whom he feels is wrongly pigeon-holed as a bustling target-man because of his size.

“He’s just an out and out goalscorer,” said the on-loan winger of Fletcher.

“He’s one of the best players that I’ve played with and I think he’ll show he’s one of the best outside the Premier League.

Will Buckley in action for Sunderland against Newcastle, with Steven Fletcher in the background. Picture by FRANK REID

Will Buckley in action for Sunderland against Newcastle, with Steven Fletcher in the background. Picture by FRANK REID

“People see him as a target man but he’s more than that.

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“He’s got those elements in his game because he’s strong but he’s much more of an all-rounder.

“He’s a natural goalscorer and he’s proved it in the past.

“Like me, he’ll be looking for regular games this season and if he gets that and gets his sharpness up there, I’m sure he’ll be a big player for us this year.

“I’m really looking forward to playing alongside him this season and seeing just how well he does.”

While Fletcher hadn’t been at Hillsborough much longer when his old team mate arrived from Sunderland, Buckley admitted he was a help in settling in at Wednesday

“Fletch was the only player here I really knew, other than playing against them,” he added.

“He’d only been here a few weeks but he spoke very highly of the place.”