Thursday, 21 August 2014

The direct play of Ryan Fraser will cause problems for teams

You can't keep Ryan Fraser quiet for long can you? Within minutes of coming on as a sub during the first home game of the season he was at it - running at pace from the back and turning defence into attack. There is something about his scampering runs that get you on the edge of your seat as he weaves and turns on the power to get defenders back pedalling fast. We saw other wingers on the pitch trying to craft openings as well but none of them were anywhere near as direct as in their running as Ryan and that's what stands him out for me.
Ryan Fraser's explosive pace and control could be
very important for AFCB this season. 
Over the years their have been some great wingers at AFCB and in my early days it was Ian Bishop and Richard Cook who would set Dean Court alive with their pace and skill. Now it is Ryan Fraser who is the performer that is giving so many of us Cherry fans great pleasure. At the end of games he is a devastating weapon to unleash on tired defenders and while Brentford did what they could to bring down the flying Scotsman, but Bournemouth just kept supplying him with the ball knowing that it was likely to pay off at some point. 

While we have seen Ryan score the odd goal and have seen him keep the ball much better than when he first came to the club, some other positives are also being added to his game. I particularly see that he is getting his head up more and looking for a pass and runners and he has certainly started to add that final ball to his game that is capable of splitting defences apart as we saw when Junior Stanislas leapt on to his inviting cross across the box to get the points against Brentford.  

I don't know what Eddie Howe does when he sits down to pick his side to play Blackburn, but he will have to think long an hard to see whether a Ryan Fraser should be on the pitch from the start.

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