Former Bournemouth coach Hugo Faria has told the Chronicle what he thinks Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson will bring to Newcastle United.
Wilson completed his move to Tyneside today, while his former Cherries teammate is expected to follow soon. Fraser left Bournemouth as a free agent in June and has been attracting interest from a number of clubs.
Wilson, on the other hand, has been looking for a move away from the Vitality Stadium since Bournemouth suffered relegation at the end of last season.
The Englishman has signed for the Magpies for a fee in the region of £20 million (Sky Sports). It’s expected Wilson will be joined by Fraser and Norwich City’s Jamal Lewis, which would make it an impressive transfer window for the Magpies so far.
Faria, who knows Wilson and Fraser well, has given an insight into their partnership, which should excite Newcastle United fans ahead of the new Premier League season.
He said: “They have worked together for so long they almost don’t need to look on the pitch. They already know where they are or where they will move. They are connected on the pitch.
“When Ryan Fraser is on the wing, he knows where Callum Wilson moves and when Callum comes into pockets, he knows Ryan will eventually come closer and move into the space based on his position. They have a lovely connection.”
Fraser and Wilson will bring goals to Newcastle
Newcastle struggled in front of goal last season. Only Crystal Palace, Watford and Norwich City scored fewer goals than the Magpies last term, which has forced Steve Bruce to prioritise attack in this window.
Wilson and Fraser will make Newcastle a lot more dangerous up front. The Englishman knows the Premier League well and if the service is right, he will find the net more often than not.
Fraser, meanwhile, is a smart signing for the Magpies. The Scotsman can play on both wings and as a number 10, which makes Newcastle’s attacking options behind their striker extremely flexible.
Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin, like Fraser, can play on either side of the striker as well as just behind him. The trio, if they work well, can be a real threat in attack, especially if they are given freedom to express themselves in the final third.
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