PLAYER PROFILE

Ashley Fletcher

Birthdate:02 Oct 1995
Birthplace:Keighley
Position:Striker
Joined United:01 Jul 2012

The Yorkshire-born striker may look like an angular target man but he has a neat touch and is clearly learning the tools of the trade at Carrington.

After rising through the ranks, his goalscoring prowess at Under-16 level ensured the step up to the Under-18 squad was a formality and he is continuing to progress under Paul McGuinness and his coaching staff.

Capable of leading the line and ruffling defenders' feathers, he will look to force himself into McGuinness' plans on a regular basis after only making one substitute appearance for the Under-18s in 2012/2013.

With Sam Byrne and Jack Barmby now ineligible, he found himself partnering James Wilson in attack or leading the line on his own.

Certainly, his goalscoring record in pre-season appeared to bode well for the 2013/2014 term and that was the case as he plundered nine goals from the opening 10 league matches in addition to making his debut for Nicky Butt's Under-19 squad in the UEFA Youth League.

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