Cherries: Fraser's a match-winner says fellow Scot Hughes

RICHARD Hughes believes wing wizard Ryan Fraser has the match-winning magic to unlock defences for Cherries.

Experienced midfielder Hughes is tipping his teenage team-mate for a bright future after watching him shine during training at Dean Court.

Fraser, 19, was snapped up on a three-and-a-half-year deal after Cherries boss Eddie Howe had swooped to complete a £300,000 deal last month.

Signed from Aberdeen, the promising Scottish prospect saw the start of his Cherries career delayed due to a hip injury after joining the Dorset club.

However, he caught the eye during a brief debut appearance against Sheffield United on Saturday and could feature against Coventry tonight.

Former Premier League ace Hughes, 33, has been impressed by what he has seen of his compatriot so far.

The ex-Pompey man told the Daily Echo: “He is the sort of player that is a nightmare to play against, especially if you are built like me and not the quickest at turning when he gets at you. He is capable of beating anyone and getting people out of their seats.

“He is the sort of player that fans will want to come and watch because he has got that ability to take on players and do the hard bit and exciting bit in a game like dribbling past people and making something happen.

“In his cameo on Saturday, he looked lively and as if he would create something for us. As he continues to train after his injury and continues to find his feet, I think he will be a real asset to us and provide us with something that every team needs.

“We have got a few players with in the squad that can beat a man and take someone on but those are your difference-makers and match-winners. I believe those players in the game are the ones that will, maybe, propel you to the next level to win you games.

“It is up to the more defensive-minded players within the squad to put those players on a platform to achieve that.”

Former Scotland manager Craig Brown, Fraser’s boss at Aberdeen, previously mentioned the gifted 5ft 4in wide man alongside two of the country’s footballing heroes of yesteryear – Jimmy Johnstone and Willie Henderson.

Hughes added: “He is someone I had heard a bit about. I know a few people up north and my dad scouts in the game.

“He had seen him play a few times and said what a good signing it was, as did the people I speak to up north.

“I understand he comes with a reputation and it is easy to see why from the past couple of weeks in training.”

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7:24am Tue 26 Feb 13

kangman2012 says...

If he's as good as they say, and fit, then play him tonight Eddie. With Ryan on the right and Mark on the left Coventry's defenders will be running around in circles. Let's have 3 points tonight boys and we can get over this little "blip" that we've had - UTC!
If he's as good as they say, and fit, then play him tonight Eddie. With Ryan on the right and Mark on the left Coventry's defenders will be running around in circles. Let's have 3 points tonight boys and we can get over this little "blip" that we've had - UTC! kangman2012
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7:37am Tue 26 Feb 13

Frankiesbackfromhollywood says...

hopefully he is fit enough so that Ritchie can play at left back and we can have two wings with overlapping wing backs, I think the side will look far more balanced that way than it has in the last couple of outings with he who shall not be named, starting at left back!! I fully expect us to go for it tonight, I think all round the place from player to fan we want to see us have a right go at Coventry, should be a belter!!
hopefully he is fit enough so that Ritchie can play at left back and we can have two wings with overlapping wing backs, I think the side will look far more balanced that way than it has in the last couple of outings with he who shall not be named, starting at left back!! I fully expect us to go for it tonight, I think all round the place from player to fan we want to see us have a right go at Coventry, should be a belter!! Frankiesbackfromhollywood
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8:42am Tue 26 Feb 13

mrsrat says...

I agree Frankie, but if Coventry have tall defenders like Utd on Sat we'll have to find a way to dribble thro' their defence. Utds tall defenders picked off most of the balls in from the wing. Give the ball to Harry or Foggy, if they can't break them down they'll win a pen and BP will finish the job.
I agree Frankie, but if Coventry have tall defenders like Utd on Sat we'll have to find a way to dribble thro' their defence. Utds tall defenders picked off most of the balls in from the wing. Give the ball to Harry or Foggy, if they can't break them down they'll win a pen and BP will finish the job. mrsrat
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9:25am Tue 26 Feb 13

AFCBade says...

Impressed with his pace, question whether he will be more effective later on as defences tire. Would like to see him start tonight though.
Impressed with his pace, question whether he will be more effective later on as defences tire. Would like to see him start tonight though. AFCBade
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