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Tim Sherwood has tipped Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser for a future at a top six club, but believes Everton could be the next step in his career.
Despite adding Alex Iwobi over the summer and boasting a plethora of wing options, Sherwood told Sky Sports’ The Debate, via HITC, that the Scotland international would be a good fit at Goodison, and since he is available on a free next summer it is a move which could make a lot of sense from a financial perspective also.
As reported by HITC, Sherwood said: “It’s important for him to go somewhere and not have two years off.
“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.”
Arsenal’s reported interest in the winger this summer shows the pedigree he has, and if Everton were able to persuade him to sign him it would be a bit of a coup.
On the surface, the free agent signing of Fraser would be low risk for the potential of huge reward for Everton, but there are possible problems which could arise should he join.
Firstly, he is not guranteed game time given the presence of Iwobi, Richarlison and Bernard in the squad, and that would place greater pressure on him to perform when he does get his chance, and so far he is untested in that area.
At the Cherries he is a big fish in a small pond and that suits him well. He is one of Eddie Howe’s main attacking outlets and much of Bournemouth’s play goes through him.
He has also built up a brilliant understanding with his teammates, particularly Callum Wilson, with the two combining for 12 league goals last season, the highest amount of any other partnership in the division and the second-highest in Premier League history.
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At Everton he would have to adjust to new surroundings, different players and bigger expectations, and could struggle with tighter restrictions on his freedom to roam around the pitch.
Despite that, his assist record has improved recently and that shows he is not a winger who bases his game solely on his pace, so he would be a very good option for Marco Silva to have next season.