Thursday, 28 November 2013

Fraser has to play

A lot of the post match talk after the Derby game focused attention on Matt Ritchie's return, but for me there was another winger that was instrumental in AFCB's play who is improving all the time - Ryan Fraser. There was no sign of the thigh injury he had and he tore down the wing and put some good crosses in. At one point he almost got a header on target, even if he was stretching and it was put wide of the goal.

Fraser, an automatic choice?
The fact that we could now see Ritchie and Fraser on the wings gives me confidence that the team will be better balanced.  Francis may not have to be so exposed as Ritchie is very capable of stopping attacks and Ryan and Ritchie will be fast outlets on both wings for our players to find. I would not have expected Fraser to be first choice to start on one of the wings at the start of the season but I think he now comes before Pugh, even though Marc has a slightly better goal scoring record. It's Fraser's direct running style that makes him more of a first choice for me. He carries a real threat when he drives into the box and defenders don't like being pushed back.

In the Derby game, Ryan could really have a good go for half an hour. He looked fit and strong and I can't see why he can't play for longer if he lines up against Brighton. 

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