The Scotland international has not made a competitive appearance for the Magpies since October 19th, when he came off the bench in the 1-0 home win over Everton.
Since then, Fraser has been lucky to make the bench. In our past four Premier League games, he has not even been named in the matchday squad.
The 28-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from St James’ Park this month. It was reported by the Telegraph that Fraser wants to leave the club, with Newcastle happy to let him go during the January transfer window.
Eddie Howe on Ryan Fraser
Ahead of the Carabao Cup semi final with Southampton, Eddie Howe spoke to the media. He was asked about Fraser’s current situation on Tyneside, as reported by the Chronicle.
“No, he’s not injured,” Howe said.
“He just needs to keep training hard. He’s a valued member of the squad.
“I know him better than anyone and I know what he’s capable of. I’d love to see him back in a Newcastle shirt.”
Fraser might be needed again by Newcastle
It is an interesting update from Howe. He has suggested that there is a way back for Fraser – a player he knows very well, as he says.
The pair worked together at Bournemouth, so it felt like Howe’s arrival at Newcastle would get the best out of the Scot. That was briefly the case this time last year, but now Fraser is out of the first-team picture.
However, if Newcastle are unable to get the required recruits then he might be called upon again. All Fraser can do is train well and hope for an opportunity. But those opportunities do not appear to be forthcoming as long as his future remains up in the air.
With a week to go in the transfer window, Fraser is running out of time to get the move away he craves. And he could soon be pushed further down the Toon pecking order with talk of Anthony Gordon joining the club.