Ryan Fraser has supposedly asked coaches at Newcastle United to teach him how to play as a number 8.
The winger was in action yesterday in the Magpies’ final pre-season game against Norwich City.
Steve Bruce’s side ran out 3-0 winners over the Canaries, and will hopefully take big confidence into the first Premier League game against West Ham United.
Results-wise it’s been a pretty decent pre-season for Newcastle.
Bruce has overseen three victories, one draw and one defeat, with nine goals scored and four conceded.
One man who has had a good pre-season is Fraser, which fans will be pleased about.
He didn’t get that last year following his move from Bournemouth, and not having that pre-season may well have contributed to his struggles in 2020/21.
Yesterday Fraser again featured more centrally.
According to the Chronicle, the star – who is a natural winger – has actually asked coaches to help him learn the number 8 position.
These days Newcastle mainly play with a back three and wing-backs, which makes things slightly tricky for Fraser.
A new leaf for Fraser?
It was a disappointing first season for Fraser at Newcastle.
He arrived on a free transfer, but a lot of fans still felt let down by his lack of contributions.
It’s likely he’ll enter this season determined to silence a few doubters.
Fraser is to be commended for being open to learning a new role, especially since Bruce clearly likes a system that does not favour traditional wingers.
There’s a chance he could do well as a number eight; he certainly has the ability to break lines with his pace and dribbling.
If he can improve his playmaking then perhaps this could be an exciting change, and something that will see him turn over a new leaf.