Ashley Fletcher has departed Manchester United and joined West Ham United on a four-year deal.
The 20-year-old’s contract expired this summer, and has decided to join the Hammers for the next chapter in his career.
After spending the second half of last season on loan at Barnsley, Fletch grabbed six goals in 23 games, including two at Wembley.
The first came against Oxford United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final and the second against Millwall in the Play-Off Final, showcasing an appetite for the big occasion.
With six fixtures scheduled before United kick-off their Premier League campaign at AFC Bournemouth next month, the chance was there for players like Fletcher to make a claim to impress Jose Mourinho.
As a new boss, the Portuguese manager will be eager to give everybody a chance to prove their worth over pre-season, and with Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic not expected to feature until at least July 30, Fletcher would have had the chance to feature over the first three friendlies but has decided the time was right to move on.
Good in the air, the ability to hold the ball up well, improved finishing and a healthy attitude, Fletcher will hope to play a part for Slaven Bilic’s side next season, where a potential Europa League campaign would increase their schedule and allow more game time for players like the youngster.
We wish Fletcher all the best in his future career.