Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Fraser would be a good addition to start against Swansea

While Jordan Ibe hobbled off in the first half against Huddersfield Town last weekend, my immediate thoughts turned not to Adam Smith who filled in as the wideman, but to another winger who was prepared to play in the U23s game last week just to get some match time. Ryan Fraser has been too much of a spectator perhaps this season and while he didn't get on the field against Huddersfield, he is probably set for a return at the Liberty stadium.
Ryan will be hoping t get a run of games now with Ibe likely to be out for a game or two.
Fraser has had some match time in Scotland's internationals, but I sense he has been wanting to get back into the Bournemouth team and luckily for him a spot might now just be available again. Even if Ibe had not taken a knock, I suspect that Fraser would have been putting the manager under a lot of pressure in training to pick him ahead of Ibe for this next match. Jordan was not having one of his best games against Huddersfield, and he seems to ave lost some of the pleasing passes that brought him assists earlier on in the season.

Fraser also has to improve his final ball on occasions, but the speed at which he runs gives Bournemouth more attacking endeavour in my opinion. Like Jordan, Ryan is yet to open his account in front of goal this season, but I put much of that down to him playing in many of the early games when Bournemouth were not on fire in general. That might be about to change and the wee man may be able to show what a match winner he can be.

Looking at the porosity of the Swansea defence, it is a good game for Fraser to come back in and his tight dribbling and running power could well be a way of opening up the Swan's defence.

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