JASON Tindall believes Ryan Fraser is edging ever closer to going the distance on a more regular basis following a rare 90-minute run-out for the flying winger.
Fraser played his part in the convincing League Cup win over Northampton on Tuesday, the Scotsman starting and finishing a game for only the sixth time in his Cherries career.
The 20-year-old has made 51 appearances since joining Cherries in a £400,000 move from Aberdeen in January 2013 – coming off the bench 23 times and subbed on 22 occasions.
Fraser, who made a series of telling contributions last season, played 90 minutes against the Cobblers for the first time since starring in Cherries’ dramatic 1-0 win at Barnsley in March.
Cherries’ assistant boss Tindall told the Daily Echo: “He is young and dynamic. When young players play with the intensity that Ryan does, sometimes, they run out of steam. At some stage, they have to get through that and Ryan is getting there.
“To see him play 90 minutes against Northampton was a huge boost, not only for him but for us as well. He performed extremely well and is going to be such an important player for us going forward.”
Fraser will be hoping to win his fifth and sixth caps for Scotland under-21s after being named in their squad for next month’s European Championship qualifiers against Slovakia and Luxembourg.
Currently fourth in group three, Scotland are unlikely to progress with leaders Holland and second-placed Slovakia set to battle it out for top spot, while Luxembourg are bottom.
Fraser will link up with the squad following Cherries’ trip to Norwich on Saturday and Tindall said: “Every manager would probably say they are biting their fingernails every time a player gets called up for international duty because, time and time again, players over-train or come back with an injury.
“For Ryan, it is a chance to win more caps for his country and a fantastic opportunity for him to perform on a great stage so we have no problems with it. We just want him to come back healthy and available for selection for us and will keep an eye on him while he is away.”