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AFC Bournemouth: Ryan Fraser determined to make his mark
CHERRIES’ hot prospect Ryan Fraser says he will be pulling out all the stops in a bid to nail down a permanent place in Eddie Howe’s plans.
The teenage winger, dubbed ‘Wee Man’, has been one of Cherries’ most consistent performers as Howe’s men have found their feet in the second flight.
Since coming off the bench to help Cherries claim an opening-day win against Charlton, Fraser has started their past six games, including four in the Championship.
“For me personally, it has gone better than I thought it would,” said Fraser, who was restricted by injury to just five substitute appearances during Cherries’ promotion campaign.
“I thought I would be trying to work my way onto the bench or maybe wouldn’t even be getting a game. Hopefully, I can keep taking my chance and keep playing well if the manager chooses to start me.
“To be sixth in the Championship going into the international break is a great position.”
Fraser, a £400,000 signing from Aberdeen in January, added: “It was hard last season with the injury but I have settled this season and everybody being so friendly has really helped.
“I just want to keep playing and trying to show what I can do.
“Hopefully, I won’t be in and out of the squad but that will be down to performances. I just want to play every week. Every player should want to be the best they can and that certainly applies to me.”
Fraser, who was handed his Scottish Premier League debut by Aberdeen as a 16-year-old, will be hoping to reproduce his club form on the international stage tonight.
The 19-year-old could be in line for a start when Scotland face Holland in a European Under-21 Championship qualifier in Nijmegen.
Capped six times by the under-19s, Fraser took his bow for the under-21s when he came off the bench in their opening group win against Luxembourg in March.
Fraser, a keen golfer who has made his home in Sandbanks, said: “It was an honour to get called up, especially being so young. Hopefully, I can play some part against Holland in what will be a very tough game.
“Coming up from the under-19s, I need to work well with the under-21s. If I can do well with them and Bournemouth then you never know what might happen.
“It is great to have another Scotsman at the club in Richard Hughes and he has told me a couple of stories about playing for the full squad. It really gives you the buzz and you start thinking that, hopefully one day, it might be you.”
Fraser, who was forced to miss Scotland’s friendly with England last month due to injury, will be keen to feature against Holland, semi-final losers to Italy in this year’s Euros in Israel.
In pursuit of a place in the finals in Czech Republic, Scotland host Slovakia and travel to Georgia next month before hosting Georgia in November, all the ties falling during international breaks for Cherries.
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