Sunderland cannot always rely on Fletcher, says Larsson

The midfielder has called on other members of the squad to contribute with goals if the Black Cats are to steer clear of trouble, but did praise the abilities of the striker

Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson has warned his team-mates not to always depend on Steven Fletcher‘s scoring ability if the club are to avoid relegation.

The 25-year-old has impressed since his £12 million summer move from Wolves, notching 10 goals in 21 Premier League outings – more than a third of the Black Cats’ 27 league goals – and Larsson is looking for other members of the squad to start chipping in with their own share.

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"We relied on him way too much earlier in the season," Larsson told reporters.

"We all have to chip in, which would give him a bit more space as well as opposition teams have other players to worry about as well."

Fletcher’s first-half double at the DW Stadium marked his fifth and six goals in just seven appearances against the Latics.

And, as Sunderland moved up to 11th in the standings following the win, Larsson was quick to praise the striker’s "instinctive" nature in front of goal.

"Six in seven is not a bad record," Larsson added.

"Fair play to him, they were two great finishes, both instinctive finishes.

"Steven's overall play, the way he can hold the ball up and his link play are very important for us."