Sunday, 14 July 2019

Scotsman has difficult season ahead for AFCB

Ryan Fraser may find it his hardest season in 2019/20.
There as hardly been a day when Ryan Fraser future hasn't been speculated upon in the national press. The media machine has finally got hold of the idea that AFCb fans had been told a couple of months ago, that Fraser was most likely to serve out his contract and leave on a free transfer next summer, but where does that leave last year's player of the year as he prepares for one last season at Dean Court?

Fraser has a very difficult period ahead of him in my view. His head may seem to be fully focussed on AFCB, but as soon as anything happens that is disappointing there is always going to be that question in people's minds of whether he is fully attuned to the AFCB cause. Ryan is as honest a lad as I could ever want as a fan of AFCB's players, but I expect he will come under pressure unless he can come up with another season that is as good as what he did last time out.

The fact that Eddie Howe hasn't so far brought in another left winger is perhaps surprising. Marc Pugh is no longer at the club and Connor Mahoney has left, which means that Eddie is hoping that Jordan Ibe, Junior Stanislas, and most likely Josh King, can fill in if there are any injuries to Ryan Fraser. I still expect Fraser to be the number one choice on the left, but AFCB need to be looking for another superstar as soon as possible to fill Ryan boots when he does move on.
Liverpool's Harry Wilson is left footed but tends to play on the right to cut inside or play in centre midfield. Potentially he could be still on AFCB's target list, while long term Howe favourite Demarai Grey would surely be a player that Howe could bring on and perhaps turn into a bigger star, if the transfer fee was not too high.

Replacing Fraser will be tough and it won't be cheap, but AFCB look like they'll have to do it by next summer without having any transfer fee from a Fraser sale.

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