Last year was definitely a good year for 25-year-old Scottish winger, Ryan Fraser. His incredible performance for Bournemouth had him linked with Liverpool in a deal that did not later happen but that doesn’t rule out the possibility of seeing him in the Reds shirt. Except that the form that had made clubs show interest in him last season is not there this season.
With the 25-year-old been linked to Liverpool, we might be seeing him coming into the club in the New Year, should Liverpool decide to go after him. His contract at the Vitality Stadium is in its final phase and with his talent, we can expect the Scottish winger to be in demand when the transfer window resumes in January. Liverpool are the bookie favourites to land the international and you can take advantage of the bonus offers available on this bet.
Last season, Ryan Fraser played a total of 38 matches for Bournemouth in the Premier League where he scored seven goals, leaving him at an average of 0.18 goals per match. He had 51 shots with 25 on target and had 49% shooting accuracy.
His team play was also incredible. He had a total of 14 assists, and 1195 passes which left him at 31.45 passes per match. He had 28 big chances created, 271 crosses which puts him at 28% cross accuracy. He also had six through balls and 28 accurate long balls. (Premier League stat)
Unlike last season, that hunger hasn’t shown in him like it did last year. So far this season, he has played a total of 11 matches where he scored just one, leaving him at 0.09 goals per match. He has 14 shots so far and only six have been on target, leaving him at 43% shooting accuracy.
For his team play, he has had two assists so far with 296 passes which leaves him at 26.91 passes per match. He has two big chances created, 71 crosses with 13% cross accuracy. He has two through balls and 12 accurate long balls. (Premier League stat)
With the stat available for him, it has shown that his form this season has really dropped as against the one from last season. This will definitely affect how clubs will line up for him when the transfer window resumes.
According to reports on ECHO, we have been made to understand that Liverpool no longer has an interest in the Scottish winger as their attacking fronts are strong now and even if they need a replacement, they need a player that can be consistent.
In a special Blood Red Podcast, Bournemouth Echo sports reporter, Tom Crocker talks on how he understands that decision.
“He has not played as well this season”
“I think the whole situation has been playing on his mind a bit and the character that he is, I think he just likes focusing on the football rather than everything around it.
“He is not scoring goals or creating chances and the fans may be starting to turn a little bit.
“He had one really good season and there was a reason why big clubs were looking at him.
“He did so well last year, but I don’t think he has managed to live up to the hype this season.
“I think the next few months will be quite big for him in that respect as to whether he signs a new deal at Bournemouth or will play well enough to get a move elsewhere.”
“He has to get that form back if he is going to get a new move.”
What Ryan Fraser must do
It’s very obvious what the Scottish winger needs to do and that is for him to fight his way back into the incredible form that has had clubs running after him. As we can see in the present Liverpool squad, it is filled with players with incredible form and if Ryan Fraser will have to come in, he needs to be able to match the competition for playing time in the club.
With his present form, that doesn’t look like something that will be easy for him to achieve and the only way to go around that is for him to continue to develop himself and we will be seeing him in the Reds jersey soon.
The question is whether Ryan Fraser will be a good addition to the Liverpool squad and the answer is yes. The little issue is that Liverpool doesn’t need a player they’ll have to nurse right now and if the Scottish cannot get back to the form that had the Reds notice him, he might not be that useful to them as much as we think.