Middlesbrough have only scored 22 times in their 20 Championship matches during the 2018-19 campaign.
The likes of Britt Assombalonga, Jordan Hugill and Rudy Gestede have all struggled for form, but all three are ahead of Ashley Fletcher in the pecking order.
Fletcher, who joined Boro from West Ham in 2017, has not made a Championship appearance for Boro since August.
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The 23-year-old has scored three times in four EFL Cup appearances, however, and it does seem strange that he cannot get a game when considering Boro’s issues in the final third of the field.
Tony Pulis has been commenting on Fletcher’s position in the squad, with the Boro boss admitting that the centre-forward must show more personality if he is to be successful at this level of football.
The Boro fans have reacted to Pulis’ comments by demanding that the 6ft 1in striker is given the opportunity to show his worth in the coming weeks.
A selection of the Twitter reaction from the club’s supporters can be seen below:
I think he’s an upgrade on Gestede, same shape tall and lanky but much quicker. Crying out for confidence though
— Hazel Clay (@HazelClay) December 6, 2018
Yeah cos Rashford who seems to have a similar temperament is also struggling playing week in week out for Man U & England! Pulis is a dinosaur!
— Craig Scott (@Craig82Scott) December 6, 2018
No! But has he been given a fair chance?
— paul corker (@paul_corker) December 6, 2018
Offers something different. There have been a few games where we have needed pace up top and no options on the bench
— Marcus (@EmptyKnee) December 6, 2018
Problem is he can’t play up top on his own. Fletcher and hugill/assombolonga would score goals.
— Tom Hooley (@tomhooley) December 6, 2018
Play him over gestede any day
— David Mellor (@davidpaulmellor) December 6, 2018
Should get more chances than boros worst ever signing gestede
— paul richards (@paulrichie29) December 6, 2018
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