After arriving as a free agent following his spell at Bournemouth coming to an end, Ryan Fraser delivered the kind of performance on Sunday that would have left Newcastle boss Steve Bruce grinning from ear to ear.
The 26-year-old has only played a bit-part role for the Magpies since joining, completing the 90 minutes just once, and playing only twice in the Premier League.
But having been given the nod to start from the off in Scotland’s Nations League clash against Slovakia at the weekend, Fraser proved why he could be one of the bargains of the summer in the top-flight.
Despite not getting to the score-sheet, or even being credited with an assist, the former Cherries flier was voted as Scotland’s Man of the Match, and when you look at some of the underlying numbers behind his performance, it’s easy to see why.
As per Sofascore, he had a 100% dribble success rate, provided two key passes and sent in a whopping ten crosses, with a lovely piece of play down the left-hand side eventually seeing Oli McBurnie’s header cannon off the crossbar.
That snippet of action alone would have had one man on Tyneside salivating at the prospect of being his teammate over the course of this season: Andy Carroll.
The Englishman – like Fraser – has been in and out of the starting line-up, but there’s no doubting that if he’s fully fit and firing – and it is a massive ‘if’ – then he can be a real attacking weapon for Bruce.
Carroll thrives on service into the box, and instead of feeding off scraps, having an old-school winger like Fraser just simply get to the by-line before standing up a cross into the penalty area could see him feast on Premier League defences.
It’s no surprise that left-sided players like Aaron Cresswell, Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique all feature in the top ten when it comes to goal participations with Carroll.
Described as someone who gives Scotland that “little bit of spark” by manager Steve Clarke, Fraser appears to have all the makings of being Carroll’s dream teammate.
And in other news, Newcastle must surely regret selling this ace for just £650k.