Steve Bruce has suggested that Scotland star Ryan Fraser could play a role at Newcastle United similar to the one he has played for the national team.

In the October internationals, the Newcastle United winger played centre forward behind Lyndon Dykes as Scotland progressed to the Euro 2020 play-off final. It’s a role he will likely pick up again in next month’s World Cup qualifiers.

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The Newcastle United winger has featured up front for Scotland before. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Fraser’s season at the Toon has been stop-start this term, playing 12 times in the Premier League, still yet to score for Newcastle United in league action. But after star striker Callum Wilson’s injury, Bruce could yet turn to the Scotland man.

When asked about whether Wilson’s injury meant turning to recognised strikers Dwight Gayle, Joelinton or Andy Carroll, Bruce said without needing a prompt: “And Ryan Fraser of course as well who, unfortunately, has been stop-start all season.

 

“He had 90 minutes under his belt and I thought at the time with him, it was the third game in a week for him and we had to protect him. Lo and behold, of course, Callum gets the injury he gets.

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Fraser could be deployed up top by manager Bruce after injury trouble at the Toon with Callum Wilson crocked. (Photo by Newcastle United/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

“We know they are capable. It’s a big opportunity for someone to stand up to it. They are going to be big shoes to fill because of the job he’s done in the last few months here. It’s always someone else’s opportunity – let’s hope they can grasp it.”

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