Ryan Fraser had a difficult inaugural season at Newcastle. The winger struggled to get started after not playing since March of the previous season coupled with the shortened pre-season last summer.
Ryan scored on his debut in the Carabao Cup win against Blackburn. However, he ended the campaign with just 18 appearances in the league, only 9 of which were starts. His season was interrupted with four muscle injuries, including the groin injury that ultimately shelved him for the season in March.
The 27-year-old returned earlier than expected this pre-season after Scotland were knocked out in the group stages of the Euros. He’s started both of Newcastle’s pre-season friendlies. He looked rusty on Sunday at York City but was a massive threat in last night’s 3-2 win at Doncaster with a goal and an assist.
The friendly last night was Ryan’s first taste of playing in front of the Newcastle supporters, who were 3,000 strong at the Keepmoat Stadium last night. Under the grim cloud that surrounds the club right now, that is a testament to the commitment of this fanbase.
Fraser spoke to NUFC TV after the win last night. He revealed how much it meant to have the fans back supporting the lads.
? "It's the first time I've played in front of the Newcastle fans and it
makes a big difference."
Ryan Fraser on this evening's pre-season victory over Doncaster Rovers.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 23, 2021
“Obviously, having the fans back to hear the roar again. That’s the first time I’ve played in front of the Newcastle fans. It makes a big difference.
“Players last season might have not liked it. I didn’t I hated not having the fans.
“I like the oohs and the aahs. Even if you’re getting battered, it’s just nice to have fans. It keeps you on your toes. We all know fans make football. It was brilliant to have them back.
“It gives you an extra step but it shouldn’t be like that. Obviously, they came in their numbers tonight. I came out for the warm-up and said ‘Oh my God, how many people are here?’
They make so much noise as well. Having hopefully, full stadiums back and home and away crowed – it’s going to be a great experience for me.”