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Is Scott Fraser the man for Swansea City ? The player in depth
Tuesday, 25th Jan 2022 12:00 by Gruff Stephens

It has been reported for weeks that Ipswich Town’s attacking midfielder Scott Fraser is a target of Swansea City. We know he used to play for MK Dons when Russell Martin was manager, but what else do we know now ?

Scott Fraser started his journey at Dundee United and his career has taken an upward trajectory since then. He signed for Ipswich from MK Dons last summer after a difficult time. Known for his petulance and at times over the top reactions to information he doesn’t always respond well to criticism. Russell Martin had numerous problems with him last season at MK.

A build-up of issues between the pair resulted in a bizarre situation at Stadium MK during the 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers back in March. Fraser, reacting angrily to instructions from the sidelines, gave an expletive response and it saw him hauled off after just 28 minutes, launching his water bottle across an empty stand behind the dugout. Though the ‘air was cleared’ before the Crewe game next up, Dons turned in a lacklustre performance without Fraser on the pitch. If anything, it proved how reliant Dons had become on the Scot. Though they made up, Fraser was sold to Ipswich in the summer.

Russell Martin again displayed his ruthless side by selling on Fraser when MK Dons fans were keen to see him stay. Ipswich being aware that Flynn Downes would be hard to retain stepped in and purchased him for an undisclosed fee. He signed a three year contract with Ipswich but hasn’t in any way made much of an impact in east anglia. Ipswich would accept around 250k for Fraser but without any pedigree whatsoever to even indicate he is a good buy he will be a gamble.

Ipswich Town fans on Fraser on their main website TWTD
1.Hugely disappointing recent performances, to the point where I wouldn't have known that he was on the pitch on tuesday evening, so rarely was he involved. My initial response is that I'd not be overly concerned if this was to happen.

2. May have been playing in the wrong position now & again , but has shown nothing imo...Very slow & reminds me too much of Huws....Can he do better...i;m not so sure.....

3. He’s a player with an eye for a pass but looks unfit and out of sorts based on recent weeks. I doubt there’s any mileage in this story. He was awesome last season for MKD and hopefully the new manager will get a tune out of him

4. He’s been absolute garbage
For me the biggest disappointment so far
Watched him at Charlton on Tuesday, totally lost and the game passed him by. No problem to me if he goes. Happy to see the back of him

5. Interesting how people can see different players. Yes, lacks pace but is a clinical passer who weights his passes perfectly, rarely gives the ball away and not rushed off the ball. Compared to Chaplin who buzzes around like a wasp and has scored a few goals but finds it a huge challenge to pass to another town player, I would have Fraser every time

6. He has been consistently played out of position.
The new manager should come in and assess the situation first and see what he can do with Fraser in a different system. Swansea can do one.

Fraser clealry hasn’t impressed the majority at Portman Road this season after an excellent time at MK Dons, he clearly possesses the desired traits Martin likes to see in a player, passing ability etc. Although Martin and Fraser did make amends before he left for Ipswich the other question we ask is do we need another disciplinary issue at Swansea City waiting to happen ? Our associate Gary Benson reported recently Scott Fraser hasn’t hit the same heights yet this season in terms of his goal contributions but that doesn’t make him any less of a solid player. His ability in terms of creating chances for his teammate and carving open opposition defences remains superb and his vision is also tremendous. Whether he would walk straight into the Swans team is another matter but he would certainly provide a valuable squad option to them. Russell Martin wants to build a promotion winning team and this could be the start.

More transfer news later.

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