Date: 7th January 2021 at 10:10am
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Liam Kennedy has been speaking on the latest edition of NUFC Matters with Steve Wraith about all things relating to Newcastle United.

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Easy one to get us underway, in what month during 2019 was Steve Bruce appointed Newcastle manager?

One of the topics that he spent a little bit of time on was injuries, and while he was talking about that, Ryan Fraser was mentioned.

The 26-year-old has had a stop-start time on Tyneside so far and has only managed to appear for 272 minutes in the Premier League in which he has provided two assists.

However, Fraser is currently injured again, and that led the Shields Gazette reporter to state that he doesn’t think the Toon will see the best of Fraser until next season.

He said: “I think he’s a really good player, to be honest.

“I think we will probably not see the best of him until next season, unfortunately, because of this strange situation, we have found ourselves in.

“He never really trained or played properly from March through September.

“I think the lad is struggling; he’s been struggling fitness-wise.

“He needs a good pre-season in him; he needs [looking] after.

“I think Bruce did try to do that. He didn’t throw him in too quickly; he did try to give him that pre-season without throwing him in, then he threw him in at Leeds, and we’ve seen nothing but problems since.”

Do you think Newcastle will see the best of Fraser next season?

No, he has plenty of time to come good this season

No, he has plenty of time to come good this season

Yes, might take a while for him to get back to his best

Yes, might take a while for him to get back to his best

TIF Thoughts on Fraser’s situation…

The former Bournemouth man officially left the Cherries at the end of June after he refused to sign a new deal, and then he opted for a move to Tyneside, where he has performed well in the odd game but not so well in others.

Kennedy seems to think the Toon might not see the best of Fraser until next season, which would be a shame, but if he can get back to the levels he was at during the 2018/19 season, then the Toon could have a real player on their hands.

In the meantime, we hope he recovers from this latest setback and can help contribute to Newcastle’s season because this was a player who has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the past, so we believe he could still turn out to be a good signing for Newcastle.