Ryan Fraser, a winger for Newcastle United, has come under fire from journalist Lee Ryder for his poor performance in the team’s most recent game.
This past weekend, the Magpies faced Crystal Palace in the Premier League. In a game marked by several missed opportunities, the home team was forced to settle for only a point.
Despite Newcastle taking 23 shots overall and the Eagles having 19 of their own, the game finished scoreless (via BBC Sport).
Evidently, the quality just wasn’t there in the last third, and Ryder recognised this in his player ratings for ChronicleLive.
Fraser was singled out for criticism by the journalist, who gave him a 6/10 for effort and pointed out his subpar on-the-spot statistics when it came to creating opportunities for the attack.
“Hard afternoon as he managed only one accurate cross and received a warning. But there was undoubtedly labour pace.
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Ryder correctly noted that Fraser only completed one of the three crosses he tried. He also committed three fouls, earning him a yellow card. He also lost three of seven ground battles and was dribbled past once (via SofaScore).
The fact that he only had 28 touches—less than Nick Pope, who had 30—was probably the most damning statistic of them.
Fraser was making only his second league start of the year, but if his performance in this most recent game is any indication, he could soon be back on the bench. On this occasion, his efforts were insufficient to keep him alive into the 70th minute.