Ryan Fraser: The Wee Man with the big dreams

Bournemouth Echo: CHERRIES NEW BOY: Ryan Fraser at Dean Court yesterday CHERRIES NEW BOY: Ryan Fraser at Dean Court yesterday

IF good things come in small packages, Cherries could have hit the jackpot by landing the Wee Man.

Ryan Fraser, who also goes by the nickname Ryzi, may stand only 5ft 4ins but his exit from Aberdeen incurred the wrath of the natives of the Kingdom of Scotland.

In just 23 appearances for the Dons, winger Fraser enhanced his reputation as one of the hottest properties north of the border, with Eddie Howe one of the first to spot his rich potential.

The 18-year-old first came to Howe’s attention when he was manager at Burnley and, chances are, Fraser would have ended up at Turf Moor had the landscape not altered.

Instead, he decided to swap the silver city with the golden sands for the Goldsands Stadium when he joined Cherries for an initial fee of £300,000 last week.

“When I heard Bournemouth were interested, I started doing my research,” said Fraser. “Everything looked very promising and the club is on the rise. It all looked very appealing and I knew this was the club for me.

“I went online to see how they were doing and it looked like a great club and a nice place to live. I noticed they were on an unbeaten streak and read about how they liked to play the game the right way.”

Fraser, who only became a regular for Aberdeen this season, had been tracked by a host of clubs with Huddersfield, Wigan, Swansea and Rangers rumoured to have been among them.

A product of the Dons youth system, he made his first-team debut in October 2010 before becoming the third teenager to leave the club for England recently, following moves to the Premier League for Fraser Fyvie (Wigan) and Jack Grimmer (Fulham).

“Fraser Fyvie was a great player at Aberdeen but has improved a lot at Wigan,” said Fraser, who was among the crowd to see Cherries narrowly beaten in the FA Cup by the Latics a week ago.

“I spoke to Fraser after the game |and he said what a good club Bourne-mouth was and what a good footballing team they were.

“I know Roberto Martinez said similar after the game so everything is positive about this move.

“Bournemouth dominated both games against Wigan and had been on a long unbeaten run until it ended at Walsall on Saturday. Hopefully, we are going to get promotion to the Championship. I don’t think the move showed a lack of ambition at all.”

Fraser, whose affairs are looked after by John McLeish, the son of former Scotland manager Alex, added: “Playing for Aberdeen was always an honour because it is my home city.

“It will always have a special place in my heart.

“My focus at Bournemouth is to improve as a player and try to help the team. They are going very well at the moment and, hopefully, I can be a part of their success. Coming here was a new opportunity and it is every boy’s dream to play in England.

“It is a very professional club with a very professional manager and staff. I love the way the manager gets the team playing football.

“What he has done since he came back has been phenomenal and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Fraser, who attended a Scotland under-19 training camp with Cherries midfielder Josh Carmichael earlier this month, has been named in a squad for a friendly against Holland in Veenendall on February 6. Both countries have qualified for the European Under-19 Championship elite round later this year.

Cherries were hoping Fraser would have received international clearance in time to be in contention for tonight’s League One clash at Hartlepool.

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9:32am Tue 22 Jan 13

Luffbracherry says...

Good luck Ryan - this is a massive step up for you I hope you can make the grade
PS think Aberdeen is the granite city not silver
Good luck Ryan - this is a massive step up for you I hope you can make the grade PS think Aberdeen is the granite city not silver Luffbracherry

11:51am Tue 22 Jan 13

In Absentia says...

I think that this transfer says a lot about the ongoing demise of Scottish football. A good prospect from the SPL is prepared to move to an English League 1 side in the hope of improving his career. It shows how highly regarded Eddie Howe is at improving young players too.
I think that this transfer says a lot about the ongoing demise of Scottish football. A good prospect from the SPL is prepared to move to an English League 1 side in the hope of improving his career. It shows how highly regarded Eddie Howe is at improving young players too. In Absentia

3:38pm Tue 22 Jan 13

bobsworthforever says...

In Absentia wrote:
I think that this transfer says a lot about the ongoing demise of Scottish football. A good prospect from the SPL is prepared to move to an English League 1 side in the hope of improving his career. It shows how highly regarded Eddie Howe is at improving young players too.
Whats even more worrying is that the SPL leading scorer at the moment was signed from Northampton Town. still good luck to young Ryan lets hope his INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE whatever that is comes through so we can have a look at him on Saturday
[quote][p][bold]In Absentia[/bold] wrote: I think that this transfer says a lot about the ongoing demise of Scottish football. A good prospect from the SPL is prepared to move to an English League 1 side in the hope of improving his career. It shows how highly regarded Eddie Howe is at improving young players too.[/p][/quote]Whats even more worrying is that the SPL leading scorer at the moment was signed from Northampton Town. still good luck to young Ryan lets hope his INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE whatever that is comes through so we can have a look at him on Saturday bobsworthforever

3:41pm Tue 22 Jan 13

smhinto says...

Too many injuries for tonight, with Pugh, Arter, Thomas and possibly Cooke missing, along with a severe case of fatique after a hectic fixture sheadule.
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Hartlepool 2 AFC 0
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Naturally of course I do hope I am proved wrong.
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Regards
Too many injuries for tonight, with Pugh, Arter, Thomas and possibly Cooke missing, along with a severe case of fatique after a hectic fixture sheadule. . Hartlepool 2 AFC 0 . Naturally of course I do hope I am proved wrong. . Regards smhinto

3:48pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Piston_Broke says...

smhinto wrote:
Too many injuries for tonight, with Pugh, Arter, Thomas and possibly Cooke missing, along with a severe case of fatique after a hectic fixture sheadule.
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Hartlepool 2 AFC 0
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Naturally of course I do hope I am proved wrong.
.
Regards
Seeing as Steve Cook is currently in Court 1 at The Old Bailey, I'd go so far as to say that he will definitely be missing. Dan Seaborne will prove to be ample defensive cover, but it will be a very hard game tonight. A cold, wet Tuesday January night by the coast on Teeside in an easterly wind - that's about as grim as it gets!
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Too many injuries for tonight, with Pugh, Arter, Thomas and possibly Cooke missing, along with a severe case of fatique after a hectic fixture sheadule. . Hartlepool 2 AFC 0 . Naturally of course I do hope I am proved wrong. . Regards[/p][/quote]Seeing as Steve Cook is currently in Court 1 at The Old Bailey, I'd go so far as to say that he will definitely be missing. Dan Seaborne will prove to be ample defensive cover, but it will be a very hard game tonight. A cold, wet Tuesday January night by the coast on Teeside in an easterly wind - that's about as grim as it gets! Piston_Broke

3:53pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Luffbracherry says...

smhinto wrote:
Too many injuries for tonight, with Pugh, Arter, Thomas and possibly Cooke missing, along with a severe case of fatique after a hectic fixture sheadule.
.
Hartlepool 2 AFC 0
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Naturally of course I do hope I am proved wrong.
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Regards
We have a large squad and this will enable others to step up - it is their chance

As far as quality and ability is concerned there is only one team in it Pools have won two games all season for goodness sake

However tonight's game will be more about our character - if the players want it enough they will win and I fully expect them to do so ....and so will Eddie
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Too many injuries for tonight, with Pugh, Arter, Thomas and possibly Cooke missing, along with a severe case of fatique after a hectic fixture sheadule. . Hartlepool 2 AFC 0 . Naturally of course I do hope I am proved wrong. . Regards[/p][/quote]We have a large squad and this will enable others to step up - it is their chance As far as quality and ability is concerned there is only one team in it Pools have won two games all season for goodness sake However tonight's game will be more about our character - if the players want it enough they will win and I fully expect them to do so ....and so will Eddie Luffbracherry

4:01pm Tue 22 Jan 13

nonnogeppetto says...

I hope we don't lose tonight and I hope those who play will give their all despite the awful weather.

Good luck for tonight and the soon we see Ryan playing the better, with so many out injured we could do with some fresh legs playing.
I hope we don't lose tonight and I hope those who play will give their all despite the awful weather. Good luck for tonight and the soon we see Ryan playing the better, with so many out injured we could do with some fresh legs playing. nonnogeppetto

5:43pm Tue 22 Jan 13

greenshoes says...

smhinto wrote:
Too many injuries for tonight, with Pugh, Arter, Thomas and possibly Cooke missing, along with a severe case of fatique after a hectic fixture sheadule.
.
Hartlepool 2 AFC 0
.
Naturally of course I do hope I am proved wrong.
.
Regards
Are you a Manic depressive smhinto.....
the lads will win no problem, be more positive for heavens sake.....
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Too many injuries for tonight, with Pugh, Arter, Thomas and possibly Cooke missing, along with a severe case of fatique after a hectic fixture sheadule. . Hartlepool 2 AFC 0 . Naturally of course I do hope I am proved wrong. . Regards[/p][/quote]Are you a Manic depressive smhinto..... the lads will win no problem, be more positive for heavens sake..... greenshoes

6:28pm Tue 22 Jan 13

lionheart says...

Piston_Broke wrote:
smhinto wrote:
Too many injuries for tonight, with Pugh, Arter, Thomas and possibly Cooke missing, along with a severe case of fatique after a hectic fixture sheadule.
.
Hartlepool 2 AFC 0
.
Naturally of course I do hope I am proved wrong.
.
Regards
Seeing as Steve Cook is currently in Court 1 at The Old Bailey, I'd go so far as to say that he will definitely be missing. Dan Seaborne will prove to be ample defensive cover, but it will be a very hard game tonight. A cold, wet Tuesday January night by the coast on Teeside in an easterly wind - that's about as grim as it gets!
As he's a local lad I'm sure Fletch will have told the lads what to expect.

Anyway with the snow falling here at the moment it's probably warmer up there.
[quote][p][bold]Piston_Broke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Too many injuries for tonight, with Pugh, Arter, Thomas and possibly Cooke missing, along with a severe case of fatique after a hectic fixture sheadule. . Hartlepool 2 AFC 0 . Naturally of course I do hope I am proved wrong. . Regards[/p][/quote]Seeing as Steve Cook is currently in Court 1 at The Old Bailey, I'd go so far as to say that he will definitely be missing. Dan Seaborne will prove to be ample defensive cover, but it will be a very hard game tonight. A cold, wet Tuesday January night by the coast on Teeside in an easterly wind - that's about as grim as it gets![/p][/quote]As he's a local lad I'm sure Fletch will have told the lads what to expect. Anyway with the snow falling here at the moment it's probably warmer up there. lionheart

7:20pm Tue 22 Jan 13

bigfatsteve says...

Come on 'The Hobbit' get back to full fitness soon. ' We're doomed Captain Mainwaring'. It seems as though young Fraser, is another addition to our recent injury curse to the midfield. Let's hope Pughy is fit tonight. Smhinto nice to have you back, forever the optimist. Three points are a must tonight. Keep the faith!
Come on 'The Hobbit' get back to full fitness soon. ' We're doomed Captain Mainwaring'. It seems as though young Fraser, is another addition to our recent injury curse to the midfield. Let's hope Pughy is fit tonight. Smhinto nice to have you back, forever the optimist. Three points are a must tonight. Keep the faith! bigfatsteve

9:53pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Local fan says...

Welcome Ryan, we are back to winning ways - 6th in the league! A big thank you to the 68 travelling Cherries fans who went to a freezing windy east coast Hartlepool. Should be a huge crowd at home this Saturday. UTCIAD!
Welcome Ryan, we are back to winning ways - 6th in the league! A big thank you to the 68 travelling Cherries fans who went to a freezing windy east coast Hartlepool. Should be a huge crowd at home this Saturday. UTCIAD! Local fan

12:45am Wed 23 Jan 13

ducky24 says...

Welcome on board, wee man! It's at least 10 degrees warmer down here! Good luck and let's hope you can play on the right wing.......boy do we need a right winger!
Welcome on board, wee man! It's at least 10 degrees warmer down here! Good luck and let's hope you can play on the right wing.......boy do we need a right winger! ducky24

5:59pm Mon 28 Jan 13

dandy_in_peace says...

All, Aberdeen fan in peace here.

Firstly, congratulations on the signing of Ryan Fraser. For my money he’s the best prospect to come out of our club in years (certainly better than the aforementioned Grimmer and Fyvie) and consistently got me out of my seat with his exciting runs. One thing to watch out for: he was on the receiving end of some pretty ugly treatment from SPL defenders, who had no idea how to deal with him. Expect more of the same in your league, which, for the avoidance of any doubt, is NOT of a better standard than the SPL and does not represent a step up in class for Ryan, despite what Luffbracherry may suggest. I watch football of all levels and am a season ticket holder at Pittodrie, and I can quite categorically inform you that the third tier of English football is not superior to the SPL, despite what Sky may wish to tell you. Even some of the Championship stuff is horrible and grim long ball stuff and is merely subject to trendy tarting up from Murdoch’s cronies. Bournemouth will be paying more than Aberdeen, which is a reflection of economic realities of modern football rather than a sad reflection of the standards of football up here. Therefore my concern would be that Ryan gets lumps kicked out of him should he try anything outlandish such as try and dribble with the ball…!

That said, from what I have seen and read of Bournemouth, they are a superbly run club with a young progressive coach that plays and encourages attractive football. Although I’d suggest that Ryan is of upper-Championship level already (and certainly on course to be EPL standard should he progress at the same rate as the past 2 years), if he was going to sign for a third tier club then I’m glad it was with your side. Here’s hoping he gets you get promoted this year.

Also, bobsworthforever - “What’s even more worrying is that the SPL leading scorer at the moment was signed from Northampton Town” is a fairly ridiculous statement given that I think you’ll find that Tottenham and Norwich are fighting over each other to spend at least £8m in signing the SPL’s FIFTH top scorer.

Final correction – Aberdeen is known as the silver city as well as the granite city.

Good luck to the lot of you.
All, Aberdeen fan in peace here. Firstly, congratulations on the signing of Ryan Fraser. For my money he’s the best prospect to come out of our club in years (certainly better than the aforementioned Grimmer and Fyvie) and consistently got me out of my seat with his exciting runs. One thing to watch out for: he was on the receiving end of some pretty ugly treatment from SPL defenders, who had no idea how to deal with him. Expect more of the same in your league, which, for the avoidance of any doubt, is NOT of a better standard than the SPL and does not represent a step up in class for Ryan, despite what Luffbracherry may suggest. I watch football of all levels and am a season ticket holder at Pittodrie, and I can quite categorically inform you that the third tier of English football is not superior to the SPL, despite what Sky may wish to tell you. Even some of the Championship stuff is horrible and grim long ball stuff and is merely subject to trendy tarting up from Murdoch’s cronies. Bournemouth will be paying more than Aberdeen, which is a reflection of economic realities of modern football rather than a sad reflection of the standards of football up here. Therefore my concern would be that Ryan gets lumps kicked out of him should he try anything outlandish such as try and dribble with the ball…! That said, from what I have seen and read of Bournemouth, they are a superbly run club with a young progressive coach that plays and encourages attractive football. Although I’d suggest that Ryan is of upper-Championship level already (and certainly on course to be EPL standard should he progress at the same rate as the past 2 years), if he was going to sign for a third tier club then I’m glad it was with your side. Here’s hoping he gets you get promoted this year. Also, bobsworthforever - “What’s even more worrying is that the SPL leading scorer at the moment was signed from Northampton Town” is a fairly ridiculous statement given that I think you’ll find that Tottenham and Norwich are fighting over each other to spend at least £8m in signing the SPL’s FIFTH top scorer. Final correction – Aberdeen is known as the silver city as well as the granite city. Good luck to the lot of you. dandy_in_peace

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