Some Newcastle United fans were feeling fairly excited when the club signed Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser a year ago.

The pair arrived from Bournemouth for a combined £20 million, with Wilson responsible for 100% of that fee (BBC Sport).

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Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Having scored just 38 goals in 38 games in the 2019/20 season, the Magpies simply had to bring in some extra firepower.

The addition of Wilson was a particularly big statement.

And it was good to see Fraser come in too, especially given his great relationship with Wilson.

During their time at the Vitality Stadium, they combined for 17 goals. Fraser assisted 11 Wilson goals, and Wilson set up the Scot for six.

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Ryan Fraser (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Newcastle fans could therefore be forgiven for having very high hopes for the duo.

But so far, we just haven’t seen that fantastic connection at all at St. James’ Park.

 

They have actually played 16 games together so far for Newcastle and they are yet to officially combine for a goal.

Fraser did win a penalty in the 3-1 win over Burnley back in October, with Wilson scoring the resulting spot-kick, but they still haven’t combined in open play.

Newcastle fans will expect more

Magpies supporters will really hope this season the pair can rediscover that brilliant link-up play they had at times for the Cherries.

The fact that both players are susceptible to injuries does not help in terms of building momentum. Them being available more than they have been so far really is paramount.

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Ryan Fraser (Photo by Paul Greenwood – CameraSport/CameraSport via Getty Images)

Fraser played less than 1000 minutes in the Premier League last season, and the system is not a natural fit for him as a winger.

In that sense, it’s been a tricky time for him so far at the club.

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