With a year left remaining on his contract, Ryan Fraser is likely to be one of the most sought after free agents next summer if the winger doesn’t renew with Bournemouth.
The Scottish international was one of the most impressive performers in the Premier League last season, scoring seven goals and assisting 14 in the English top-flight as numbers from Transfermarkt show, resulting in the winger being linked with a summer move to Arsenal as reported by Football London.
Although no such offer seemingly came through, it is expected that Fraser will depart Bournemouth in the next 12 months as The Independent report that the attacker is yet to sign a new deal with the Cherries, and Time Sherwood has suggested Everton should go in for the 25-year-old.
Speaking on Sky Sports The Debate via The Liverpool Echo, the former Aston Villa manager believes a move to a side underneath the top-six would be beneficial for Fraser.
Sherwood said: “It’s important for him to go somewhere and not have two years off. The next move for him, and no disrespect to Bournemouth, is one just underneath (the top-six), like a Leicester or an Everton. And then he’s still young enough to make that next step.”
Indeed, Fraser’s record last season was impressive with the Scottish international registering the second-most assists in the 2018/19 campaign, just one fewer than former Chelsea winger Eden Hazard as numbers from the Premier League’s official website show, yet Everton would be smart to miss out on a move for the Bournemouth attacker.
After a summer that saw Marco Silva sign the likes of Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean with Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin continuing to be involved in the first-team, Everton are currently stocked with attacking options meaning a move for Fraser would seem obsolete, especially with how versatile some of these young attackers are.
Fraser impressed last season, but Everton will be making a poor move going in for the Bournemouth winger, who could easily fail to live up to the output he delivered in the 2018/19 campaign.