Newcastle United have completed the signing of Scottish international and former Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser on a five-year contract to join Callum Wilson.
The 26 year-old, who joined in January 2013 from his native Aberdeen, was a free agent, having decided against extending his then-deal with The Cherries beyond June.
As a result, he missed the side’s domestic resumption following the coronavirus pandemic, which eventually saw the south coast outfit’s five-year stay in the English top-flight come to an end, with relegation to the Championship.
Wilson allegedly completed a medical last night ahead of a four-year deal, which includes the option of a fifth, according to journalist David Ornstein.
Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson partnership
The duo will certainly provide an attacking-threat for the side, having recorded the Premier League’s most prolific attacking-partnership in a single 38-game campaign, in the penultimate season.
The pair had combined to score 12 goals in that league term, a number only bettered by former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer (whose number nine shirt has been adopted by Wilson) and Chris Sutton for Blackburn in 1994-95 (13 goals), albeit in a 42-game campaign.
In the 2018-19 season, Fraser managed to provide 14 league assists overall and found the net seven times, with Wilson managing 10 assists and 14 goals respectively.
Last season, both players failed to match their previous campaign’s numbers. Wilson scored eight times in the league and provided three assists from 35 matches, while Fraser netted just once and provided four assists from 28 league games.
The Magpies’ meager return of 38 goals ranked as the fourth-worst scoring-record in the Premier League last season, and was the second-worst among the side’s that remained in the division.
The former Bournemouth duo will surely bring creativity, goals and excitement back to St. James’ Park. With an arguably more talented side than that of The Cherries, the pair may even be able to match their individual records from the penultimate campaign.
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