AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is set to protect former Aberdeen winger Ryan Fraser following his January transfer move.
The 18 year old joined the club in a surprise move after he had previously turned down a new contract offer at Pittodrie and was set to be out of contract at the end of the season.
Fraser had been linked with Premier League side Swansea and Championship side Huddersfield Town before the Cherries and Aberdeen agreed an undisclosed fee for the Scotland Under 19’s international.
He signed a three and a half year deal at Dean Court, but is yet to make his debut after struggling with a hip problem.
Fraser has made 18 appearances this season, 16 coming in the Scottish Premier League, but Howe insists that he will be patient with the youngster and not rush him back until he is ready.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“It was the first time Ryan had been fully involved with us and he did really well. We wanted that attacking option on the bench at Crewe so, following consultation with the physios and Ryan, we threw him in at the deep end to some extent…’
“…He isn`t 100 per cent fit and won`t be 100 per cent ready to go in and play and do himself justice for a long period of time. But if we need him for five or 10 minutes, that would be something we would look at.
“We may dip him in and out but we need to still protect him. If he says he is fit and the physios agree then we would certainly look to get him involved.”
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