In January 2013, then 18-year-old Ryan Fraser switch Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen for third-tier English side AFC Bournemouth for a reported fee of around £400,000.
The Cherries would go on to win promotion to the Championship that season, with Fraser playing little more than a bit part.
During AFC Bournemouth’s two seasons in the second tier of English football, Fraser would remain as more of a squad player, than a considered regular member of the first team squad.
But as the Cherries have attempted to establish themselves in the Premier League, Fraser has done the same within the Cherries squad and against Manchester City, he made his 150th appearance for AFC Bournemouth.
He has also become a regular with Scotland and he scored his first international goal in the recent victory over Albania in the UEFA Nations League.
AFC Bournemouth winger and Scotland goalscorer Ryan Fraser told the Daily Echo…
“I didn’t take the easy option, I could have just stayed at Aberdeen, which is a massive club.
“But I chose to come down under Eddie and it’s worked out in the end. Hopefully I can keep progressing as long as I’m here…”
“…There are a lot of sacrifices you need to make as a footballer, leaving family is never easy, especially when I left at 18.”
For all Aberdeen’s laughter at the initial suggestion of Fraser moving, and subsequent anger when it actually happened – it’s been the absolute making of wee man.
We’ve seen how exposure to the Championship and Premier League has developed him from the quick lightweight but quickly tired winger he was. Now into a robust, tough to knock off the ball, versatile wide man who never stops running all game, scores goals, wins tackles and headers, none of which he did in his early years. And all now at Premier League level, compared to League One when he arrived. Now a proven Premier League regular and senior Scotland international. – Join the conversation, click here.