Ryan Fraser has taken an absolute hammering from Bournemouth fans on Twitter following an interview with The Guardian.
The 11-cap Scotland international recently joined us on a free transfer, a move he was free to make having rejected a short-term contract offer from the Cherries before the Premier League restart last term.
Fraser’s contract with Bournemouth ended in June. However, seeing as the season hadn’t yet been completed due to the pandemic, he was offered a short-term deal to see out the campaign.
Despite that offer, the ex-Ipswich man declined as he did not want to jeopardise a summer move elsewhere by potentially getting injured.
In fairness to the attacker, you can see where he’s coming from. At the end of the day, Fraser had to put his career first, and simply couldn’t risk ending up on the scrap-heap as an unemployed footballer recovering from injury.
Naturally, there will also now be question marks over his character. The 26-year-old spent seven years at Bournemouth, but did not want to feature in their battle against relegation. That move would presumably have caused anger regardless, but the fact that the Cherries actually did suffer the drop makes it all the more worse.
There is an argument to be made for both sides of Fraser’s decision.
However, to the surprise of nobody, Bournemouth fans on Twitter don’t see it that way…
He ‘got battered’ because he downed tools right from the start of the season. He admitted himself he did so. Maybe if he’d given everything all season, we would have been safe by the end of June. Nathan Ake did things properly.
— JackDog (@JackDog67) September 9, 2020
He got battered because he was awful from the start of the season. He admitted he was lazy and unmotivated because he was agitating for a move.
He was an empty shirt this year and actively participated in our relegation.
— Matt Drewfield (@MDrewfield) September 10, 2020
The worst thing about those Fraser comments isn’t the disrespect to us as fans but the fact he had mates (both staff & players) who had money & livelihoods on the line & a manager who had given him everything over the few years. What sort of a man does that? Weasel. #afcb
— Jake Somers (@jakesomers1) September 9, 2020
He’s not all there is he? Totally self serving McSnake.
— Pete White (@psjwhite) September 9, 2020
Ryan Fraser has just outed his true self, spineless gutless classless I really hope he achieves nothing in the game #afcb
— The Boscombe (@afc_boscombe) September 9, 2020
Still in the wilds of Scotland and with a tortuously weak 3G signal I would just like to ask Mr Fraser to shut his disgusting, egotistical mouth.
He is genuinely beginning to repulse me more than any ex #AFCB player I can think of.
Right…..back to the midgies. pic.twitter.com/12NhAxcCR5
— Lord William Snootsworth (@Snootsworth) September 10, 2020