Scotland international Ryan Fraser says he’s determined to make his way into Steve Bruce’s regular Newcastle XI.
The winger missed out on the last set of internationals as he still didn’t have a club. He has one now though, recently signing a long-term deal with the Toon.
Whilst not having played for seven months, Bruce handed him his debut midweek against Blackburn Rovers in the Carabao Cup. It was one to remember too, scoring the winner as Newcastle won 1-0.
It’s a confidence booster as he looks to show the form that had him rack up the second highest amount of Premier League assists in the 2018/19 season.
Should he pick up form, it would be no surprise to see Steve Clarke select him for Scotland duty next month when the national team take to Euro 2020 play-off duty. For now, Fraser just wants to crack the Newcastle starting XI consistently.
“I didn’t actually expect to be on the bench at the weekend, said Fraser (NUFC TV). “I think it was three days I’d trained for, not played for seven months, so I didn’t really expect to be on the bench, but it was a good experience, being with the lads.
“I did my song the night before, which was brutal singing, but at the same time, it gets the atmosphere up, gets everyone laughing and a good spirit in the changing room and it was brilliant to see them winning.
“Look, now I’ve got 60 minutes under my belt, you never know what could happen at the weekend, if I come on, if I don’t come on. But we’ve got the game next Tuesday and hopefully I can get 90 minutes next Tuesday and then I’ll be wanting the manager to put me in when he can.”