A development has emerged on Newcastle United gem Ryan Fraser, regarding his current injury situation.
According to The Daily Mail’s Craig Hope, the winger returned to training days after pulling out of the Scotland squad due to injury. Steve Clarke is set to seek answers from the forward over why he decided to withdraw from his national team despite being fit enough to train with the Magpies.
The report claims that there is a feeling on Tyneside that he made the decision in order to impress Eddie Howe after his arrival at St. James’ Park this week.
Newcastle fans will surely be buzzing with this news for multiple reasons. Firstly, it shows a terrific attitude from Fraser and a commitment to the cause. He could have easily avoided the first week of Howe’s tenure and gone away with Scotland, despite his knock, but has – instead – picked hard work over the easy road.
The forward is seemingly prepared to put the hard graft in on the training pitch to catch Howe’s eye and that could be a promising sign ahead of the upcoming Premier League fixtures. Fans will be delighted to read that he has gone out of his way to show that he is willing to put the hustle in and earn his place in the side.
Additionally, if the Scottish forward is able to return to the form he showed under the 43-year-old at Bournemouth then he could end up being a superb player for the club for the rest of the season.
In his last two Premier League seasons for the Cherries with Howe, Fraser produced eight goals and 18 assists in 46 starts. For context, Allan Saint-Maximin has started 53 league matches for Newcastle and has registered eight goals and 11 assists to date. This suggests that the Scot could be more effective than the Frenchman in the final third if Howe is able to get the best out of him in the coming months.
Therefore, the news that he will not be out of action for a significant period of time and could be fit to play the other side of the international break should leave fans elated. They can now get excited at the prospect of seeing a fully-motivated Fraser in action for the club under Howe.