Aberdeen’s chances of holding on to young starlet, Ryan Fraser, look increasingly doubtful despite manager, Craig Brown, revealing that he hopes the midfielder will sign a new contract.
Fraser has been an ever-present force in the centre of Aberdeen’s midfield this season with 15 games already under his belt.
However, with success comes interest from further afield and two clubs south of the border are already reportedly interested in his services, leading Brown to try to secure a new contract.
“Talks are still progressing and I am hopeful there will be a positive outcome,” Brown told Sky Sports News. “Ryan’s making headlines due to his performances but I don’t mind that. I’d rather he continued to do well rather than played badly and we got him cheaper.”
However, keeping the youngster at Pittodrie may be more difficult than first thought with rumours both Manchester United and Swansea City are watching his performances.
Even the most ardent of Aberdeen fans would admit the lure of Premier League and possibly Champions League football for an 18-year-old may be too much.
It is hoped, however, that Fraser sees a bit of sense and continues his development at Aberdeen rather than jet off into the unknown. The kid has applied himself very well in his first full season in professional football but nevertheless should not get ahead of himself.
Celtic’s Tony Watt is a prime example of someone Fraser should follow. Watt’s goal against Barcelona to defy the Champions league odds propelled him into the media spotlight, and a host of Premier League clubs were rumoured to be interested in his services.
However, in the wake of that match, Watt signed a new contract with the Hoops: the right decision to make.
Fraser has a long and bright future ahead of him and although it will be difficult to resist the lure of the Premier League, staying at Pittodrie would vastly improve his game. Like Watt, what Fraser needs now is games and the SPL is the right place for him to get them.