Ahthe memories of playing. The grumbling in your knees talk off the ball, the trips that are cynical, the elbows.
Ryan Fraser was 16 yrs old when he broke into the Aberdeen first team in the autumn 2010, and the thought of the times still bring a grin to his face, standing on the face of the pitch at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth where the morning paper is speculating to the summertime in a row regarding the grave implications of his potential move to Arsenal in the summer.
That is where we are at with Fraser – an extremely sought-after player who’s in the last season of his contract. Premier League goals this season than Dele Alli and Mesut Ozil. More Premierleague aids than Christian Eriksen and anyone bar Eden Hazard. Sell him and Bournemouth produce a great deal of money – thus, too, in case his admiration is backed up by Unai Emery using a solid bidding Aberdeen, who can get a sizeable piece of the actions.
Fraser says he’s honoured to be linked with such a bar but he’s trying to forget about it for the time being. The discussion surfaced two or three days before Bournemouth played with Leicester (a 2-0 defeat) and lasted in to the week end of their last game (a 3-1 loss to Burnley).
“Possibly it hasn’t helped,” he says. “Subconsciously, you could think about it. I am just attempting to begin my own work out. That is said by every player. A good thing I can do is play well.
“that I will need to contact scoring, winning and helping after which what’ll be, will be. I love it here. It’s not just the football club, the beach, however also the director the town. I stated that later football I am going to live down . It’s special.”
‘I got kicked a great deal at Aberdeen’
At 25, his peak ages, Fraser is going to go into. The simple fact that he is being linked with a few of those giants of the English game is testament to his mentality along with his talent, an illustration of their very long road he’s worked into football since his days.
“I was only a youngster at Aberdeen,” he smiles. “Every time that I got the ball, it did not matter where I was, I just wanted to take people on.
“I got kicked a lot. I remember a couple of matches where the cards were flying about anyplace. Inverness away – [Owain] Tudur Jones kicked me knee-high. I done two sticks in the air and he got sent off. Richie Foran, from the . The ball was not even close me. He could have sent off.
“There clearly was a Hibs guy, I actually don’t understand who it was. He could have gone. There certainly are a couple more. Maybe it was because I was young, therefore direct along with my centre of gravity was low. I suppose this was a compliment that we were kicking me”
Fraser says he is going to watch the semifinal with Celtic of Aberdeen on Sunday. Some times it’s difficult to find the matches back on the coast but there’s a way, where there’s a will and he will manage it. He’s still tight with some captain Graeme Shinnie in particular, of the boys. They’ve been pals since long ago again.
“If we were younger he used to call home a handful streets down from me personally. We text each other most days. We play with Fortnite together some times. He is going to be considered a loss against Celtic. It’s a shamethat. I give Aberdeen a chance. Their form from Glasgow is good. They’ve got nothing to lose”
‘My puppy Maisie keeps me fair’
His period in Scotland ended when he left at 18, his death accompanied with a cacophony of bewilderment as to why this talented kid would provide the Dons for lowly Bournemouth of English League One for Bournemouth. He recalls that moment like it was . People thought he was angry. Bournemouth? Did he desire to go to Bournemouth?
The subsequent month, his last game for Aberdeen was in February 2013, his debut for his new club came. He was still only 18. He dropped and arrived off the bench against Sheffield United. He played Coventry and lost. Next up, Leyton Orient and yet another loss. Doncaster. Yes, beaten.
“I was having a good time with all the gaffer [Eddie Howe] concerning this only a couple weeks ago,” he says. The punchline to this story came after he got subbed off again 22 minutes and appeared like a 33rd-minute substitute within his fifth game.
“I am not going to lie, so I am not going to state that I got injured because that is not exactly what happened. I came on and he [Howe] basically shouted at me to go down. ‘Why am I taking place ?’ Being young I did not get what has been happening. He made the wrong choice to put me “
Certainly Howe did not WISh to publicly humiliate himso the’injury’ became the main reason he was removed than his inability at that degree. “This hurt my confidence a lot. For told by your boss was hard to take. I telephoned my dad away.
“I moved into the back of the bus and phoned himtold him exactly what happened. That I was down and did not WISh to speak to the lads, although I really don’t think I was in tears. I did not know the lads that well, to be fair. I did not have many folks to speak to. This has been certainly one of the hardest times in football”
Bournemouth played eight more games this season and got promoted to the Championship. Fraser did not observe a bench, never mind a pitch, in some of them. He tells an account today that illustrates just what a kid he was and is.
He’d heard so many cautionary stories of young footballers who isolation and struggled to manage the side of the game and the vulnerability which comes with it. “I had never lived far from my parents earlier, therefore that I think I wanted something to do outside football. I did not desire to come down and start doing things that lads get upto now. I did not want to be some of the players”
So he made himself a dog, a Yorkshire terrier to say he dotes over his furry friend and by the name of Maisie is to put it mildly. “I can send you an image. Whenever you want her she will arrive in buzzing and makes you forget about football. You have bad days and she can turn them . I think she was had by me. She gets you neglect the pitfalls. I’ve seen some younger players only lose their claws a little bit, but she keeps me sane.”
There exists a club at Bournemouth. Dan Gosling, fraser, Nathan Ake. They meet back on the beach and away they move. “I cared for Nathan’s dog the weekly. Never again. Total nightmare” Maisie, he says, may be the top dog in every Bournemouth. Nobody should dismiss Maisie’s character in his victory, although He’s laughing when he says it. He paints an excellent picture of going to the beach on the Friday evening before every home game and letting her off the leash. He has taken those nights to meditation.
“I’ll get a quiet location and reflect things. I believe you can get caught up in the moment. If it’s going when it’s definitely going bad you can get a tiny bit down. I heard meditation proved to be a fantastic thing and that I use a program named MindSpace. I move to the beach before I go to bed and it’s really just great.”