Ryan Fraser says Bournemouth most likely would have avoided Premier League relegation had he performed throughout the closing weeks of the season – however has defended his choice to reject a short-term contract.
The 26-year-old, who joined Newcastle on a free transfer this week, left the Cherries in June and did not characteristic in any of their 9 matches following restart.
Fraser was closely criticised by Bournemouth supporters after turning down the supply to play throughout their battle for survival and the workforce have been ultimately relegated by one level.
Newcastle star Ryan Fraser believes he could have stopped Bournemouth’s drop had he stayed
Fraser turned down a short-term extension and Eddie Howe then departed after the relegation
The Scotland worldwide insists he had to guard his personal pursuits along with his contract having expired, however says there may be additionally frustration as a result of he is aware of his presence would have made a distinction.
‘My contract was performed so it is not like I refused to play any video games,’ he mentioned. ‘Nobody noticed this virus coming. If the virus did not come I’d have performed each recreation underneath my contract.
‘Some lads within the Premier League signed an extension, and honest play to them. But for me, at my age, understanding that this membership wished me, it was only a choice I had to make.
The Scottish winger believes he had to guard his personal pursuits along with his deal having run down
‘I obtained battered for it. Everyone has obtained their opinions however, on the finish of the day, I must take care of myself.
‘The worst factor is that I did not need them to go down – it will have been quite a bit simpler in the event that they had stayed up. With me enjoying, with out being massive headed, I believe I’d have helped massively.
‘I’m not going to sit down right here and say I wasn’t unhappy. I used to be gutted. With the years I had there, coming from League One to the Premier League, it was by no means how I wished to finish it.
Fraser spoke to Howe lately about his divisive choice and says there are not any ‘arduous emotions’
‘But on the identical time, I labored so arduous throughout lockdown – not simply bodily however mentally, studying books on find out how to come again stronger. Coming to a spot like this with 50-odd thousand followers, the town buzzing, I wanted to get used to that and be prepared for that – and that is undoubtedly one thing I’m prepared for now.’
Eddie Howe, who signed Fraser from Aberdeen in 2013, left the membership following relegation. However, the winger says there are not any points along with his former boss.
‘Two weeks in the past I met Eddie in a espresso store and spoke to him for about an hour,’ mentioned Fraser. ‘There are not any arduous emotions with me and them (the membership) – it is clearly the followers, who wished me to play.
After heading to Newcastle, Fraser insists attaining a top-half end this season is feasible
‘I’ve decided now and I need to put it previous me. I need to begin this new challenge, and I simply need to present everyone what I’m about and begin making new historical past.’
And Fraser believes a top-half end underneath Steve Bruce is achievable for his new membership.
‘I believe prime 10, we are able to get in there,’ he mentioned. ‘The prime six proper now, the cash spent, the gamers… however there isn’t any motive (why not) in years to come back, with the gamers we have got and the supervisor we have got.’
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