Junior Stanislas is top pick for Cherries winger Ryan Fraser

By Dan Rose

Sports Reporter

Junior Stanislas is top pick for Cherries winger Ryan Fraser

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WINGER Ryan Fraser revealed Junior Stanislas would be the first name on the team sheet were he charged with picking Cherries’ line-up.

The duo have linked up effectively in recent weeks, providing assists for each other since Stanislas’s return from a hamstring problem last month.

In his first appearance of 2018, Stanislas came off the bench to coolly send clear Fraser, who fired home during Cherries’ 1-1 draw with West Ham at London Stadium.

The Scotland international returned the favour with a pinpoint cross to pick out his team-mate in Sunday’s 4-1 defeat at Huddersfield.

Fraser told the Daily Echo: “When you make a run with Junior, you know you are going to get the ball. With some players at other clubs you maybe don’t get that.

“He has everything and I think the gaffer thinks that as well. When he is fit I think he is the first name on the team sheet and he would be the first name on my team sheet.

“He is already at the top playing in the Premier League with a very good team. Whatever he wants to do I reckon he could do it, he’s that good.

“I will go all the way in saying I think he is our best attacker.”

The duo started Cherries’ past three top-flight fixtures, including wins over Chelsea and Stoke, before the Dorset club’s seven-game unbeaten league run was ended by the Terriers.

Fraser believes one of Stanislas’s best attributes is his willingness to take the ball in tough circumstances.

“I have done it sometimes where, if you are not having the best of games, you might shy away in certain situations, which is not the right thing to say but you try to get over it,” he said.

“You feel he is always going to get on the ball and get you going in the right direction. He will never shy away and is that type of player.

“He might not have a brilliant game every game but he still wants the ball. He is technically unbelievable and he does his defensive work as well.”

Former Aberdeen star Fraser has been working alongside Stanislas in a bid to stake his claim as one of Cherries’ key men from dead-ball situations.

“I do feel I could be a set-piece specialist. I have been practising my free-kicks,” he added.

“I feel my delivery from wide free-kicks and corners is good – we did a corner routine at West Ham and the gaffer put me on it.

“That was a lot of responsibility because he said before the game everyone had to be on it for that corner and it nearly scored us a goal.

“I am getting better and will start working with Junior again now. His set-pieces are always spot on, as well as his through balls and weight of pass.”