Steven Fletcher made his Olympique de Marseille debut last weekend after finalizing a loan deal that would keep him at Stade Velodrome until the end of the current campaign. The former Wolverhampton Wanderers has declared that he would impress the Marseille top shelves to extend his stay beyond this summer.
The 28-year-old marksman saw his involvement limited at Stadium of Light, making only seven Premier League starts and had played only 62 minutes in the last seven league games. He last managed to beat a goalkeeper in early November but expressed his determination to be an eager beaver under José Miguel González during his first Marseille presser.
“I am in a situation with my contract that I’m up in the summer with Sunderland,” he told reporters during his first press conference as a Marseille player. “I had the opportunity to come over here on loan for the remainder of the season so it’s a great opportunity for me to show what I can do.
“And then if I can impress at Marseille and they can offer me a contract then that would be fantastic for myself, but I have to obviously work hard on the pitch – that’s the main thing.”
“Obviously, the situation I was in in Sunderland was a bit difficult,” he said. “With my contract being up, the manager wanted to bring new players in on longer contracts, so when I come here I’ll just train hard and hopefully the manager will have to pick me.”
With his Sunderland contract running only until the end of this season, the Scottish international will hope to entice the French club into offering him a new contract. Should Marseille find him inadequate, a whole host of mid-table English top-flight clubs and Championship clubs with serious promotion ambitions will fight for his signature, given his experience.