Sunderland striker expects Advocaat to decide on his future

Steven Fletcher
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Steven Fletcher expects his future to be decided now that Dick Advocaat’s extended Sunderland tenure has been confirmed.

Fletcher is about to enter the final year of his Sunderland contract, with the Black Cats considering whether to offload the striker this summer, or risk losing him for nothing in 12 months time.

It’ll be up to the manager to decide whether he wants to keep me or not.

Sunderland are yet to hold any discussions over a new deal after Fletcher has netted just eight times in the last two years – his final day header at Chelsea ending a seven month goal drought.

The striker - in the Scotland squad for next weekend’s crunch Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland – is in the dark over his Sunderland future, but believes the retention of Advocaat should provide some clarity after the Dutchman’s U-turn last week.

Fletcher said: “I don’t know what’s going to happen.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been able to have a summer without coming back from injury. It’s good to playing in some internationals.

“It’ll be up to the manager to decide whether he wants to keep me or not.

“We’ll wait and see.”

There will be players in the Sunderland squad moved on by sporting director Lee Congerton this summer, with the likes of Fletcher, Vito Mannone and Liam Bridcutt all vulnerable. But the bigger concern for the Black Cats is improving the levels of a side that has been embroiled in the thick of the relegation dogfight for the last three years.

Before the end of last season, Advocaat spoke of the need to land up to half-a-dozen “quality” signings who were capable of immediately improving the calibre of the starting XI.

It is understood that Sunderland chairman Ellis Short shares that view, even if one or two of the Black Cats’ new recruits could be loan captures.

And Fletcher agrees that if Sunderland are to enjoy a more comfortable existence in the Premier League, then some fresh investment can be the missing ingredient for next season.

“I don’t think it’s quantity, because we have got a big squad,” he added.

“I think it’s like the previous manager said, we just need to add a bit of quality to the squad.

“The sooner we can do it the better.”