Ryan Fraser is a player who could massively benefit from Chris Wood’s move to Newcastle United.
The 30-year-old has officially joined the Magpies, agreeing a two-and-a-half year deal.
He’s a great signing for Newcastle – stacks of Premier League experience and a player who guarantees goals. It’s exactly what Eddie Howe needs, with Callum Wilson set for a spell on the sidelines.
The New Zealand international has proven in years gone by that he can be a real handful when he finds some form, and here’s hoping he hits the ground running at St James’ Park.
And Fraser could play an important role in that.
Ryan Fraser wing play should suit Chris Wood perfectly
Fraser’s Newcastle career hasn’t gone totally to plan since his 2020 arrival. He’s struggled with fitness a lot, unable to string a run of games together. Performances weren’t great in his debut season either, although things have improved since Howe arrived.
The 27-year-old is an old fashioned winger. He’s short and quick, and looks to use his pace to beat a man and get the ball in the mixer.
He’s got a wonderful understanding with Callum Wilson, with the pair working together at Bournemouth. As Wilson once said, ‘Wilson and Fraser equals goals’.
But for now, Fraser will need to create chances for someone else. And he’ll be hoping he has just as good a relationship with Wood.
While Fraser is an old fashioned winger, Wood is an old fashioned striker. He’s strong and powerful, and can be a real threat in the air.
And that’s why Fraser should be licking his lips at the prospect of playing in the same team as him.
The Scotland international is always looking to get the ball into the box. More often than not, his first thought is ‘can I get this into a dangerous area’. We saw it against Brentford, where he brilliantly set up Allan Saint-Maximin for a late equaliser.
While Fraser wants to get balls in the box, Wood will be waiting for decent delivery from out wide. If we can deliver quality crosses from out wide then he will get chances. And one will surely go in.
Saint-Maximin is more unpredictable in his wing play, which might not suit Wood as much. But he and Fraser could strike up a real combination – they seem like a perfect match.