John Gibson blasts Newcastle's Fraser after poor season
John Gibson has claimed that Ryan Fraser owes Newcastle United after his poor debut season.
Speaking The Everything is Black and White Podcast, Gibson picked the winger as his most underperforming player.
The Scotland international endured a horrid campaign with the Geordies following his move from Bournemouth.
Fraser made just 22 appearances in all competitions, scoring once and assisting three times.
However, his term was blighted by injuries. The 27-year-old suffered three different issues, including hamstring and groin problems, keeping him out for a total of 63 days.
Despite his struggles with the northeast outfit, the ace shone with Scotland. Fraser scored in back-to-back World Cup qualifying encounters and a UEFA Nations League game.
When talking about Fraser’s poor form last season, Gibson said: “The one who has really disappointed me is Ryan Fraser because he has got the potential.”
“Ryan Fraser has the ability – you can see it, you can see the potential but you look at him for Newcastle and he’s started nine games, hasn’t scored and his body language has been atrocious.
“He has looked as if he doesn’t want to be part of us – he wants to be part of Scotland but hasn’t looked like he wants to be here. I am more aggravated by Fraser than anyone else – Joelinton, Hendrick – but Fraser there is something there.”
“He would be my under-performing player because he had the ability to be different.”
TBR View: Fraser must up his quality next season
Last season proved a woeful campaign for Fraser.
He struggled massively and his lack of starts was a worrying aspect of his games.
Despite Newcastle fighting relegation, the attacker started in just nine Premier League games. His fitness during most of his run-outs looked shocking as did his body language.
However, the most surprising feature of his game was his lack of thrust in attack. During his time with the Cherries, Fraser was threat in the final third, regularly taking on opposition defenders.
That wasn’t the case for Newcastle, where the 27-year-old averaged a mere 0.2 dribbles per league game.
He also produced quality crosses into the box, once racking up 14 assists in the top-flight. However, he crossed the ball just 103 times for Steve Bruce’s side.
Gibson was right, Fraser was one of the most underwhelming payers for Newcastle. The quality he has and the quality he showed were miles apart and the ace must improve next season.
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