Ryan Fraser

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Ryan Fraser
Ryan Fraser (cropped).jpg
Fraser lining up for Scotland in 2019
Personal information
Full name Ryan Fraser[1]
Date of birth (1994-02-24) 24 February 1994 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[2]
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Newcastle United
Number 21
Youth career
Aberdeen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Aberdeen 21 (0)
2013–2020 Bournemouth 183 (20)
2015–2016Ipswich Town (loan) 18 (4)
2020– Newcastle United 16 (0)
National team
2012–2013 Scotland U19 6 (1)
2013–2016 Scotland U21 10 (3)
2017– Scotland 15 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:13, 7 March 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:06, 13 November 2020 (UTC)

Ryan Fraser (born 24 February 1994) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Newcastle United and the Scotland national team. He has previously played for Aberdeen, Bournemouth and Ipswich Town. He represented the Scotland under-19 and under-21 team, and made his full international debut in June 2017.

Club career[edit]

Aberdeen[edit]

Fraser signed for Aberdeen in May 2010, aged 16, after leaving Kincorth Academy.[3] He made his debut for the first team against Heart of Midlothian in October 2010.[4] Fraser made a significant impression in the Aberdeen first team during the early part of the 2012–13 Scottish Premier League season, winning the Young Player of the Month award for September and October 2012.[5] Aberdeen manager Craig Brown expressed concerns at this time that opposing teams were targeting Fraser with tough tackling.[5] Fraser rejected a contract extension with Aberdeen on 7 December 2012.[6]

Bournemouth[edit]

Fraser signed a three-year contract with League One club Bournemouth on 18 January 2013.[7] Bournemouth paid Aberdeen a transfer fee of £400,000 to complete the deal.[7] During his first season, Fraser helped Bournemouth gain promotion to the Championship. After Bournemouth were promoted to the Premier League in 2015, Fraser was loaned to Championship club Ipswich Town for the 2015–16 season.[8][9]

Fraser scored his first Premier League goal on 4 December 2016, in a 4–3 win against Liverpool.[10] He entered the game as a second-half substitute, when Bournemouth trailed 2–0.[10] Fraser won a penalty kick for the first Bournemouth goal, scored the second and provided an assist for the third goal.[10]

Fraser scored both Bournemouth goals in a 2–1 win against Everton on 30 December 2017.[11] He ranked highly in the assists chart during the 2018–19 Premier League season with 14 assists and 7 goals, leading to transfer speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal.[12] No summer move materialised and Fraser admitted in January 2020 that this speculation had caused a decline in his performances during the 2019–20 season.[13] With his contract due to expire on 30 June 2020, Fraser rejected the offer of a short-term extension to play the rest of Bournemouth's matches in the 2019–20 season, which was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, as he did not want to risk injury.[14][15] Manager Eddie Howe later confirmed that Fraser would not play for the club again.[16]

Newcastle United[edit]

On 7 September 2020, free agent Fraser joined Newcastle United on a five-year contract.[17] He made his debut for the club on 15 September 2020, scoring the winner in a 1–0 victory over Blackburn Rovers in the EFL Cup.[18]

International career[edit]

Fraser was first called up to the senior Scotland squad in March 2017.[19] He made his international debut in June 2017, appearing as a substitute in a 2–2 draw with England.[20]

In March 2019, Fraser missed a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match against Kazakhstan due to the Kazakhs using an artificial playing surface.[21] Scotland lost 3–0, and Fraser was criticised by former Scotland player Darren Fletcher for showing a lack of commitment to the national team.[21] Fraser said he had previously suffered two serious injuries while playing on artificial surfaces, and that the decision not to play had been agreed with both the national team and his club side Bournemouth.[21] In November 2019 he was one of three Scotland players to withdraw from the national squad due to injury.[22]

Fraser scored the goal in a 1–0 win against the Czech Republic on 14 October 2020.[23]

Style of play[edit]

Primarily deployed as a winger on the left flank, Fraser is a right-footed player described by his compatriot Charlie Nicholas as an "old-fashioned type of player" and a "little pocket dynamo" for the muscular physique he has developed to "take the knocks and kicks that come his way."[24] Fraser has also occasionally played in the right-back position for both club and country.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played on 12 January 2021[26]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aberdeen 2010–11 Scottish Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2011–12 Scottish Premier League 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2012–13 Scottish Premier League 16 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 18 0
Total 21 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 23 0
AFC Bournemouth 2012–13 League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2013–14 Championship 37 3 2 1 2 0 0 0 41 4
2014–15 Championship 21 1 2 1 4 0 0 0 27 2
2015–16 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Premier League 28 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 29 3
2017–18 Premier League 26 5 2 0 4 1 0 0 32 6
2018–19 Premier League 38 7 1 0 3 1 0 0 42 8
2019–20 Premier League 28 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 32 1
Total 183 20 9 2 16 2 0 0 208 24
Ipswich Town (loan) 2015–16 Championship 18 4 1 1 2 1 0 0 21 6
Newcastle United 2020–21 Premier League 8 0 0 0 4 1 12 1
Career total 228 24 10 3 21 3 0 0 259 30

International appearances[edit]

As of 21:05, 13 November 2020 (UTC)[26][27]
National team Year Apps Goals
Scotland 2017 2 0
2018 4 1
2019 5 0
2020 4 1
Total 15 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Fraser goal.
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 17 November 2018 Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër, Albania  Albania 1–0 4–0 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C
2 14 October 2020 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Czech Republic 1–0 1–0 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B

Honours[edit]

AFC Bournemouth

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Ryan Fraser: Overview". Premier League. 13 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Aberdeen school pride as Shinnie brothers prepare for first competitive battle". Evening Express. 18 April 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Ryan Fraser profile". AFC Heritage. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  5. ^ a b "SPL: Aberdeen's Ryan Fraser is young player of the month". BBC Sport. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Aberdeen expect Ryan Fraser to leave after rejecting new deal". BBC Sport. 7 December 2012.
  7. ^ a b Dewar, Heather (18 January 2013). "Ryan Fraser 'will flourish' at Bournemouth – Craig Brown". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Former Aberdeen winger Ryan Fraser determined to shine at Ipswich Town". Press and Journal.
  9. ^ "Bournemouth sign defender Tyrone Mings from Ipswich for £8m". BBC Sport. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  10. ^ a b c Wilson, Jeremy; Tyers, Alan (4 December 2016). "Ryan Fraser inspires Cherries in a stunning comeback". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  11. ^ Aarons, Ed (30 December 2017). "Ryan Fraser at the double for Bournemouth to see off Everton". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  12. ^ English, Tom (13 April 2019). "Ryan Fraser: Bournemouth winger on Arsenal, Aberdeen & a dog called Maisie". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Bournemouth: Ryan Fraser apologises for not being team player". BBC Sport. 30 January 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  14. ^ Jacob, Gary (11 June 2020). "Ryan Fraser snubs short-term Bournemouth deal". The Times. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  15. ^ "Ryan Fraser: Bournemouth winger declines short-term deal as quartet re-sign". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 June 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Ryan Fraser: Eddie Howe says Bournemouth winger won't play again for the club". Sky Sports.
  17. ^ "Newcastle United complete Ryan Fraser signing". Newcastle United F.C. 7 September 2020. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  18. ^ Taylor, Louise (15 September 2020). "Ryan Fraser's debut goal sees Newcastle beat Blackburn in Carabao Cup". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  19. ^ "Scotland: Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Fraser & Tom Cairney called up". BBC Sport. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  20. ^ "Highlights: Scotland 2-2 England". ITV Sport. 10 June 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  21. ^ a b c English, Tom (13 April 2019). "Ryan Fraser: Bournemouth winger defend Scotland absence in Kazakhstan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  22. ^ "Scotland: Andy Robertson, Ryan Fraser and Scott McTominay withdraw from squad". BBC Sport. 12 November 2019.
  23. ^ Watt, Martin (14 October 2020). "Scotland 1–0 Czech Republic". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  24. ^ Bate, Adam (1 October 2018). "Ryan Fraser is now fulfilling his potential at Bournemouth". Sky Sports. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  25. ^ "Winger Ryan Fraser admits filling in at right-back can be a tall order". Bournemouth Echo. Bournemouth Echo. 3 April 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  26. ^ a b "Ryan Fraser". Soccerway.
  27. ^ Ryan Fraser at the Scottish Football Association
  28. ^ Anderson, John, ed. (2015). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2015–2016. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 68–69. ISBN 978-1-4722-2416-3.
  29. ^ "SPL: Aberdeen's Ryan Fraser is young player of the month". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  30. ^ "Aberdeen trio collect monthly SPL awards". BBC Sport. BBC. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  31. ^ "Ryan Fraser named Football League Young Player of the Month". English Football League. 18 September 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  32. ^ "Ryan Fraser wins Supporters' Player of the Year". A.F.C. Bournemouth. 3 May 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  33. ^ "Fraser scoops double at Player Awards Evening". A.F.C. Bournemouth. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2020.

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