Last season Ryan Fraser was on fire for Bournemouth, but this term, the Scotland star is finding things a little more challenging.
His form last season lead to the likes of Arsenal being linked with a £30 million pound move (Daily Mail).
The ex-Aberdeen man registered seven goals and 14 assists last season in the English Premier League, featuring in every game with 35 starts out of 38. This season though, he’s already been benched three times in nine games.
The goals and assists aren’t flowing either with just a single goal and assist to his name thus far.
Fraser is brilliant but Bournemouth man needs to recapture form
Fraser admitted recently it’s been a frustrating start to the campaign after a bout of illness and appearances from the bench (Daily Echo).
It may also be because he hasn’t reached the heights of last campaign. He had the most Premier League assists outside Eden Hazard last term, the fourth highest number of passes by a Bournemouth player and the second highest amount of minutes played for the Cherries.
Blessed with pace, agility and excellent crossing ability, Fraser is an asset for both Bournemouth and Scotland. When he’s on it, the winger can help his club and country to no end.
Steve Clarke likes him on the international scene, fielding him in almost every match he’s managed so far.
Unless he starts picking up form at club level though, Clarke may be persuaded to look at other options. On his day Fraser is the best winger Scotland have but the Scots boss may need to look elsewhere if he isn’t performing.
His Bournemouth contract is up at the end of the season. With ability, versatility and a desire to graft all in his locker, Fraser has the chance to make himself a lucrative free agent or earn a bigger Cherries deal this season.
Right now though his form isn’t hitting the heights that would allow him to fulfill this potential. Fraser made it two starts in a row for the first time since August recently though so hopefully that means he can find consistent form too.
Fraser’s a joy to watch on form and a brilliant player. Hopefully we’ll start to see the best of the Scotland international sometime soon with regular starting XI berths.