Ryan Fraser came up against Newcastle transfer target Mykhaylo Mudryk last night, and it was the Scottish winger who came out on top.
Scotland took on Ukraine in the Nations League on Wednesday night, facing the team who ended their World Cup dream in June.
However, it was Steve Clarke’s side who triumphed at Hampden Park on this occasion. Scotland won 3-0, with three second half goals handing them all three points.
It was a night to remember for the Tartan Army, and it was also a good evening for Toon winger Fraser.
Ryan Fraser delivers for the first time this season
The former Bournemouth man wasn’t named in the starting XI, but he did come on in the 76th minute. Despite only being on the pitch for 14 minutes, Fraser had a real impact.
Lyndon Dykes scored two second half headers on Wednesday night, and they both came directly from corners taken by Fraser.
He ended the night with two assists, on what will have been a confidence boosting evening for the 28-year-old.
Fraser has not started the season well for Newcastle, so his contributions for Scotland will do him the world of good.
And while he was shining, a Toon transfer target was struggling to have an impact.
Newcastle target Mudryk fails to deliver against Scotland
Ukrainian winger Mykhaylo Mudryk started for the away side, with a lot of eyes on him given his start to the season. The 21-year-old has been scintillating in the Champions League, and is attracting a lot of attention.
Newcastle have been linked with a move for the youngster, with journalist Ben Jacobs claiming that the Magpies are watching him. This has now been backed up by the Daily Mail’s Craig Hope. Before the game, he tweeted that Mudryk is on Newcastle’s ‘radar‘.
But while all eyes were on Mudryk, it was Fraser who ended the night in the headlines.
Newcastle need more from their current wingers, while there are a lot of calls for the club to sign one when the transfer window opens. That’s why Mudryk is being linked, and he will reportedly cost more than £44million.
However, if Fraser can influence games for Newcastle like he did for Scotland on Wednesday then he could save the Toon owners a huge amount of cash.
But that’s easier said than done.