SAFC V Swansea

Saha impressed with Fletcher

by Stuart Vose

Frenchman hails new frontman.

Louis Saha knows a good striker when he sees one – and says he’s been impressed with new acquisition Steven Fletcher.

Fletcher joined Sunderland last month and had a huge impact on his league debut, scoring twice against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Saha looked on from the bench as an interested spectator as Fletcher produced two poacher’s finishes to get off to a flying start.

And the Frenchman feels there's even more to come from Sunderland's new frontman once he returns to full match fitness.

“I feel respect for [Steven],” said Saha, who played alongside greats such as Ruud van Nistelrooy and Wayne Rooney at Manchester United.

“I am not surprised at all [with his start]. This is just Steven’s first few games and I think we can expect even more from him.

“That is a good prospect. I don’t think this is the last time we will be talking about him.”

After replacing Fletcher midway through the second half, Saha found himself at the centre of an incident when he was fouled by Swansea defender Chico Flores.

The striker – in full flight down the left flank - was caught in the head by Flores’ high boot, resulting in the City man receiving a straight red card.

“I don’t think he was near the ball and it was a really strange challenge,” Saha said.

“If I had had the chance to keep running I could have had a good chance to score or do something.

“It was definitely a red card.”

Nontheless, Saha was happy with a solid point in South Wales, adding: “To take something from an away game is pleasing and it was a decent result.

“When you are up front there is always regret when you concede an equaliser, but it was a good point.”