Scotland international Ryan Fraser is ready to give his all for Newcastle United after completing a switch to the Toon.
The former Aberdeen winger didn’t play at all post-lockdown after turning down a contract extension with Bournemouth, Steve Clarke not selecting him for the recent Scotland internationals. He’s been hunting for a club all summer and has finally found a new home.
Fraser pens a five-year deal at St James’ Park. The 2018/19 campaign really showed what the winger can do, notching the second-most assists of anyone in the Premier League that season.
But last term wasn’t quite the same after not playing in the Project Restart matches and admitting he hadn’t ‘played for the team’ during the 19/20 campaign’s first half. Overall, he made 28 appearances last season, scoring once with four assists.
It’s a fresh start for him now though at Newcastle, linking up with former Bournemouth pals Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie. He’s determined to leave the past where it is and show his worth in black and white.
“People close to me say I’m too honest,” he said (NUFC TV). “I think it’s a good thing that I’m honest. A lot of people say I’m too honest. If I have a bad game, I’m not going to shy away. I’ll say I’ve had a bad game but I’ll work on it and I’ll do my best to not do that again.
“Last season was difficult. No excuses, I wasn’t good enough in a lot of ways but having a year left on my deal, not wanting to get injured and knowing what was on the horizon, it was really difficult.
“But I’ve learnt from it now. I spent lockdown not just physically getting better but mentally getting better as well because coming to a place like this, you need to win.
“There’s no way around it and I want that pressure. I want the pressure of needing to win and wanting to win and I know how passionate the fans are up here and nothing but a win matters so, look, I’ll be giving my all. Every week, I’ll give everything I can. I won’t let anyone down.”