Newcastle have made their second transfer announcement of the day, and this time it is the announcement of winger Ryan Fraser.
You have to credit the social media team on this announcement, because they teased this in a very cheeky way.
Right, we've kept you waiting long enough...— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 7, 2020
Including this one, check out the first letter of each of our last Tweets. #NUFC
For those who don’t want to scroll the club Twitter account, I have done the work for ya!
Fraser Joins Newcastle on a 5 year deal, after being a free agent when his contract expired with Bournemouth in June. He alongside Wilson, who was announced earlier, both arrive on Tyneside ahead of Newcastle’s match up against West Ham to start off the season, and both should be available if needed.
Fraser brings a ton of offensive capability to Newcastle having been one of the key offensive pieces for Bournemouth since their return to the Prem. Fraser has the ability to cut inside, as well as cross the ball proficiently, and was very vocal about his preference to swing in a delicious cross when he asked about Eddie Howe’s restriction on Fraser;s crosses last season.
Although Fraser was not able to swing in balls like he wanted to, he developed a nice ability to dribble in the box to lay off passes for teammates. Now that he will likely be given freedom to whatever he wants under Bruce it should be interesting to see Fraser combine his crossing ability with his latest addition to his arsenal of attacking prowess while also being encouraged to cut inside and have a shot like Newcastle’s other play-makers tend to do.
Fraser was pretty juiced to join the lads, and this clip from a NUFC TV interview shows how eager is to join the squad and eventually play in front of the Geordie Faithful.
"When you walk out [at St. James' Park] you get goosebumps and the crowd are that good, that passionate, that loud, that it instills a little bit of fear. I want to be on the other side of that!"— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 7, 2020
Elsewhere in the interview Fraser, like Wilson vowed to give it his all and ensure NEwcastle rise back up to the top.
“It was just a no-brainer, really, to play in such a big stadium with such passionate fans, and being back up in the north again is big as well.
“So I’m really looking forward to it and I just cant wait to show everyone what I can do, help the team and help us get back to where we belong.”
The gaffer himself Steve Brue isexcited to reunite to players who have both been so good for Bournemouth these past few seasons. Brucie had this to say about the Fraser signing.
“He has wonderful chemistry on the pitch with Callum Wilson, which excites me, and I hope it excites our supporters ahead of the new season.”
Like Wilson, the hope for Fraser is that he makes his debut this weekend against West Ham but given the short amount of time he has to get used to the squad it is not certain whether or not that will actually happen.