Monday, 30 September 2013

Fraser is AFCB's surprise package

There was no better player for Bournemouth than Ryan Fraser in this weekend's game. He only had 45 minutes to make an impact on the game, but he set about his task with an eager relish that had home fans in full admiration of the wee Scot's attitude and abilities. Having scored his first goal for the Cherries in the game against Blackburn he can now add even more confidence to his performances. When Eddie Howe starts to pen his team for the Leeds Utd game there is a flying Scot who will be the first name on the team sheet. Just who would have thought that before a ball had been kicked this season?

Ryan is such a great player for AFCB at the moment.
In the last couple of month's Ryan has not only been a regular for the Cherries he has grown into one of the side's key players. He not only looks a dangerous player that offers a direct option, running at defenders, he does the tracking back and holds the ball up well when under pressure.

It does strike me that every week AFCB fans are seeing one of the best wingers in the Championship as the 19-year old goes quietly about his work. While Matt Ritchie is a big loss, the fact that Ryan is flourishing in his role as the right winger makes the Ritchie problem much less significant than it might have been. While it is early days, Ryan has already been marked out as AFCB's best player in August and I am astonished how the club has seen fit to see past him for the same honour in September. 

Ryan can really flourish at AFCB.
With his first goal under his belt I expect even more from him now. His strength and speed on the ball is always going to give defenders a headache and I feel that in away games it is even more important that he goes on those runs whenever he can. If he can help AFCB put other teams on the back foot away from home he will give us a great opportunity to pick up points. Don't be surprised if Fraser is Bournemouth's best player against Leeds Utd on Tuesday night.

If you have not already listened to George James on the All Departments' podcast, talking about the 1:3 defeat against Blackburn Rovers tune in at All Departments or listen on our side panel. He says some very interesting things about how the team is being set up and how things are possibly going wrong.

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