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Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser is yet to hit the heights he reached last season but he still poses a great danger to Everton this weekend.
Marco Silva’s defence has struggled in recent games as they have conceded four in their last two league matches.
One man in particular who is looking to kickstart his season is Ryan Fraser. The Scotland international raised a lot of eyebrows last season by scoring seven and assisting 14 in 38 league appearances, leading Tim Sherwood to suggest on Sky Sports’ The Debate (via HITC) that Everton should try to sign him.
“The next move for him, and no disrespect to Bournemouth, is one just underneath [the top six]. Like a Leicester or an Everton. And then he’s still young enough to make that next step.” – Tim Sherwood on Ryan Fraser
The winger has always used his pace to his advantage, but in the last campaign, he added an end product to devastating effect.
The fact Fraser has won, on average, 2.3 fouls per game – according to Whoscored – from his four league appearances shows he is capable of buying free-kicks, and it is certainly an aspect of his game Seamus Coleman will have to be wary of when coming up against him on Bournemouth’s left-flank.
Although he is yet to get on the scoresheet in 2019/20, he has still been a handful in the final third and Everton would do well to cut out the service to him.
His record of one assist and 1.5 key passes shows he has the potential to unlock a defence, and he can’t be afforded time and space around the Everton box.
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His average number of key passes is likely to increase at some point, too. He has averaged 1.1, 1.6 and 2.4 in his previous three seasons, so Everton will need to be on high alert to ensure he doesn’t get the ball rolling against them.
His pass accuracy is one area of his game that has impressed this season, and if he is able to link play effectively with players like Joshua King and Callum Wilson – who bagged 26 Premier League goals combined last term – then it could be a long afternoon for the Toffees.