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Ryan Fraser could be lining up a move to Everton

22/02/2023 53comments  |  Jump to last

The Daily Mail reports that Ryan Fraser could be lining up a move to Everton in the summer after he was demoted to train with Newcastle Utd's U21s by manager Eddie Howe. 

The 28-year-old winger has not played for the senior side since October, despite being on the bench six times since then. But his future in the Barcodes first-team appears to have come to an early end with the Scotland international seeking more playing time.

Fraser joined the Magpies on a free transfer from Bournemouth in 2020. His early progress was slowed by fitness issues and he made just nine starts in his first season under Steve Bruce.

Some sources claim that Everton reportedly explored a move to sign the 28-year-old winger during the winter window, and believe that such interest could be renewed this summer.

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Mal van Schaick
1 Posted 22/02/2023 at 16:37:05
No more average players. Thanks.
Paul Birmingham
2 Posted 22/02/2023 at 16:51:18
No, thanks from me.

Everton can't take anything for granted, so improving the squad is a must but not just by adding any journeyman like Fraser.

Team spirit is good – let's keep it that way.

But it's Sean Dyche's call.


Alan McGuffog
3 Posted 22/02/2023 at 16:54:39
A winger! Oh goody.
Mike Gaynes
4 Posted 22/02/2023 at 17:04:13
I'd rather just extend Townsend's contract another year. Assuming a full recovery, he's a much better player and would cost a lot less.
Phil Smith
5 Posted 22/02/2023 at 17:46:06
No way, pal. Had your chance. Next.
Ian Bennett
6 Posted 22/02/2023 at 17:46:29
The summer transfer window is going to be huge whether we are relegated or staying up. If we go down, it's a huge fire sale.

If we stay up, it's a huge turnover of players still. Huge movement, huge disruption, and its practically impossible to be any more than 4 or 5 good signings that will settle.

Not all will leave, but I've got questions on at least 20 of our players. That's simply ridiculous, and highlights that despite moving on loads of players - we are still exiting players.

Decisions to be made:

1. Pickford — year left on deal; sign or sell

2. Kean — obligation to buy

3. Gomes — surplus to requirements

4. Gbamin — surplus to requirements

5. Alli — surplus to requirements

6. Townsend — out of contract and big injury; will he come back to any level at his age?

7. Davies — out of contract and needs to go

8. Mina — out of contract and injury prone.

9. Coleman — out of contract and you wouldn't blame him walking away.

10. Begovic — out of contract; you assume he stays if Pickford goes and vice versa.

11. Lonergan — out of contract; gone

12. Vinagre — end of loan; gone

13. Coady — assume he signs

14. Holgate — surplus to requirements, I'd think.

15. Keane — surplus to requirements? Needs a new club and playing

16. Onana — in demand

17. Maupay — doesn't look a Dyche player

18. Iwobi — a year left on his deal; sign or sell?

19. Doucoure — a year left on his deal; highest earner, will he take a pay cut to stay?

20. Gray — a year left on his deal

Tim Welsh
7 Posted 22/02/2023 at 17:53:43
Do we really need another player who is 'out of favour' at another club?

Dele Alli was persona non grata at Spurs, only to become persona non grata for us, and now at Besiktas.

The bedrock of Kendall's success was a united dressing room; Harvey's failure (though I'd take that level of failure now...) was a fractured dressing room.

Itinerant trouble-makers are not what we need, but the red-tinted press would love to foist them upon us.

A big NO for Fraser from me.

Tony Everan
8 Posted 22/02/2023 at 18:38:05

Last three seasons, 53 appearances, 2 goals, 5 assists.

We need goals in the team, find some talent from the Championship, Europe, the US, South America, Japan, South Korea, anywhere!

We've got a DoF and a scouting network, they nearly landed Kudus in the summer, so it's not a forlorn hope.

Lee Courtliff
9 Posted 22/02/2023 at 18:55:49
Tony Abrahams
10 Posted 22/02/2023 at 19:00:11
At least one of those goals was against Everton, Tony!
Bill Gall
11 Posted 22/02/2023 at 19:11:43
Sign anymore wingers and soon we will have enough to field a full 10.
Colin Glassar
12 Posted 22/02/2023 at 19:40:17
He's been disruptive wherever he's played. Plus, he's just a fatter, uglier version of McGeady. Not for me.
Christy Ring
15 Posted 22/02/2023 at 20:42:08
In my opinion a very average player, even before Howe brought in the new players with the Saudi investment, he wasn't a regular. He's not even a winger?
Derek Thomas
16 Posted 22/02/2023 at 20:52:25
Haven't we got enough average wingers?

5yrs ago he was a flavour of the month, a half season wonder and his agent was angling a move away from Bournemouth to a London club, Arsenal I think.

He's 29 tomorrow, never good as he thinks he was. So for that reason - I'm out.

Fran Mitchell
17 Posted 22/02/2023 at 21:01:24
All this talk of 'another winger' is a bit bizarre considering we only really have 1 actual winger.

Gray is not a winger, but a wide forward – he comes inside and rarely crosses, hence why he's not played much under Dyche. If he does play, he'll be playing up top.

Iwobi is not a winger but currently playing on the right because we don't have anyone else.

Townsend is the only other winger we have now Gordon has left. And he's still recovering from a serious injury and is at the end of his career anyway.

So, as well as a striker, new wingers are absolutely essential in the summer window.

But those wingers need to be productive, strong, fast, and creative. Not Fraser. He's been shite for years and imo, it's great the humble pie he's eating after downing tools during a relegation battle in the last 6 months of his contract at Bournemouth.

John Raftery
18 Posted 22/02/2023 at 21:44:30
I can see this happening. Presumably Newcastle won't be asking for a transfer fee, the wages will be comparatively low and Dyche will be looking for players who can play in more than one position.

This is the journeyman level we are now operating in. At 5ft 4ins he might be our smallest player since Bobby Collins who was 5ft 3ins. There ends the comparison.

Phillip Warrington
19 Posted 22/02/2023 at 21:53:47
Don't we ever learn?

He's a has-been at 28… probably 29 by the time we sign him.

Barry McNally
20 Posted 22/02/2023 at 23:14:07
Thanks but no thanks — didn't he down tools at Bournemouth in their relegation season for fear of getting injured and jeopardising a Bosman transfer?
Martin Reppion
21 Posted 23/02/2023 at 11:11:08
Calm down, calm down.
We will be linked with every out of contract journey man between now and the end of August. It's just the press filling column inches or Jim White shooting his mouth off. When they eventually get one right from the 100's of bullets fired, they will headline with 'we told you here first'.
What we need to sign, what we can afford to sign, and who will be happy to sign, probably form 3 distinct lists.
We need Lionel Messi. We could probably afford Lionel Blair. Having said that, he may be an improvement on Maupay!
Ignore the press until you see a new player in an Everton shirt posing for the cameras.

John Raftery
22 Posted 23/02/2023 at 11:48:44
Martin (21) You are quite right of course. I keep a list of the players we are linked with each summer, using just the main national press and media as the source. It always exceeds sixty and one year, 2019, topped a hundred.
Paul Birmingham
23 Posted 23/02/2023 at 12:12:06
On a separate note, RIP, John Motson., who brought a genuine passion and knowledge of football to the BBC.

James Hughes
24 Posted 23/02/2023 at 12:24:31
The Daily Mail was obviously bored this morning. They put all the clubs in one bag and players in another bag. Pulled one out of each bag and came up with this story.
Mick O'Malley
25 Posted 23/02/2023 at 12:29:31
Paul above agreed, a legendary commentator, I loved his “The Evertonians are going beserk “ after Sharp scored his screamer at Mordor, Him and Dickie Davies in one week, RIP 🙏
Steve Cotton
26 Posted 23/02/2023 at 12:43:51
Don't we have people out in Brasil scouring for the next Richarlison for buttons?? Or is our policy looking for other clubs has-beens who are after a final big pay day...

Get off your arses and go and look and find some gems, that's what Brighton do. If we didn't sign some first-team-ready players in January we could at least have bought in some potential before we can't afford them.

Soren Moyer
27 Posted 23/02/2023 at 13:51:50
Good god! No.
Matthew Williams
28 Posted 23/02/2023 at 16:14:19
A big no from me too,now that Sully March down at Brighton...that's the bloke we need.

The most underrated player in the Premier League imho...a real grafter who creates chances too!

Kieran Kinsella
29 Posted 23/02/2023 at 16:26:49

I am a fan of Solly March also. At 28 going on 29, he's not my ideal signing per se but if we are in the market for a decent squad addition he's miles better than Ryan Fraser.

Shane Corcoran
30 Posted 23/02/2023 at 18:34:35
Well if he’s ugly Colin……..fuck me.

I wonder if Howe resents the fact that he wouldn’t sign on for the extra few weeks of the extended Covid season and instead sat in his arse as the club went down. I think I’d react the same.

Stu Darlington
31 Posted 23/02/2023 at 19:45:12
Given his age, scoring record, injury history and the fact that he could add absolutely nothing to the quality of the squad, it's a big no-no from me.

If he tried really hard, he could be below average!

What am I saying? This is just the kind of player we've been signing for years! Get the pen out!

Tony Everan
32 Posted 23/02/2023 at 20:53:58
Count me in on Solly March, really good, very competitive and consistent player.
Don Alexander
33 Posted 24/02/2023 at 21:19:37
His personality comes into question in so far as Eddie Howe has isolated him from the first-team squad at both Bournemouth and Newcastle.

It's his birthday today so many happy returns, but players who've achieved little or nothing by the time they're 28 are hardly likely to display hitherto unknown talent, so it's a "no thanks" from me.

Bjorn-Ivar Pedersen
34 Posted 24/02/2023 at 23:59:25

"His early progress was slowed by fitness issues"

YESSSSS!!!! — sign him up, he fits right in with the rest.

Jeff Spiers
35 Posted 27/02/2023 at 10:20:18
James Marshall
36 Posted 27/02/2023 at 10:22:22
He's perfect for the Championship though so what's the problem?

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