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‘Positivity, progression and improvement’: Boss praises Everton-linked winger ahead of exit

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‘Positivity, progression and improvement’: Boss praises Everton-linked winger ahead of exit

Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton have been linked with Ryan Fraser, who is set to be a free agent at the end of the month, in recent weeks.

The 26-year-old winger has turned down the offer of a short-term contract at Bournemouth for the rest of the season.

According to the Daily Mail, Fraser has his heart set on a move to Everton, while Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have also been linked with the Scotland international.

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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe confirmed on Friday that the Scotland international won’t play for the Cherries again.

“[Fraser] has now played his last game for the football club. He won’t be involved with us for the last nine games,” Howe told Sky Sports.

“I only want players who are fully focused on the relegation battle we have ahead and I’m looking forward to doing that with my squad.”

Despite confirming that Fraser won’t be involved, Howe still had plenty of kind words for the player, who he signed from Aberdeen as an 18-year-old.

 

“I’ve enjoyed working with Ryan,” he said. “When you look at his career progression since he signed for us to where he is now, it’s been one of huge positivity and progression and improvement. That only happens to a player who is totally committed to what he’s doing.

“He didn’t deserve this ending but the circumstances that have arisen have meant this has happened. I’m sad for him because he’s had a really good link with the supporters and they’ve really loved him during his time here. The way it’s ended is uncomfortable for me and it’s sad because it shouldn’t have ended like this.”

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There is no doubting that Fraser is a decent player – he has Premier League experience, is a tough opponent on his day and could definitely do a job for Carlo Ancelotti.

That said, the way he’s leaving Bournemouth hasn’t gone down well with sections of the fanbase, as well as some pundits, such as his fellow countryman Ally McCoist (talkSPORT).

In addition, Fraser is reportedly after wages of at least £100,000-a-week – a massive jump up from his current £27,000-a-week deal – and just six Toffees players are on or above that (Spotrac).

While it’s good to see Howe pay tribute to his player before he leaves, would he be worth it for Everton, considering his reported salary demands and the fact Alex Iwobi, Bernard, Anthony Gordon and Richarlison are all capable of playing the right-footed left-wing role?

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