Bournemouth loanee Ryan Fraser will put bums on seats at Ipswich Town, says Mick McCarthy
PUBLISHED: 17:46 30 June 2015 | UPDATED: 17:46 30 June 2015
Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has backed highly-rated Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser to get Blues fans off their seats at Portman Road this season.
The Scotland Under-21 flyer has signed a season-long loan deal with the Blues as part of the swap move that also saw striker Brett Pitman head to Suffolk on a permanent deal, with £8m-man Tyrone Mings heading in the opposite direction to the Premier League club.
McCarthy now has Fraser, Alex Henshall, Dylan Connolly and Cameron Stewart at his disposal to play on the flanks – all offering genuine pace – while Arsenal winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ loan switch to Town is imminent.
Fraser is only 21, but has already scored six goals in 73 appearances for the Cherries on their route from League One to the Premier League and has been offered a new deal by manager Eddie Howe.
“He will get bums on seats and off them with the way he plays and the way he gets at defenders,” said the Blues manager of the ex-Aberdeen man.
“He’s a good footballer, another good character.
“I think he will be a revelation here, he has pace, power and trickery and puts crosses in. He’s got a goal in him and I’m delighted I have got the two of them (Fraser and Pitman).”
Pitman’s arrival, meanwhile, will give the Blues boss another option in attack and he comes to Portman Road with a good track record.
The former Bristol City man scored 102 goals in 301 games for the Cherries in League Two, League One and the Championship and also plundered 20 goals in 81 games for the aforementioned Robins.
“I am delighted. Brett Pitman is a really good striker and has got a good goalscoring record,” McCarthy added.
“He is one of those players who is good up against a centre-back and has a good presence.
“He is a clever footballer who can drop in (behind the striker) and play.”
Meanwhile, McCarthy revealed his happiness for Mings who signed for Town for just £10,000 from non-league Chippenham in 2012.
“I spoke to Tyrone and his dad (Adi) separately and they were delighted with everything that has gone on and thanked myself and Terry Connor profusely for the help we’d given him,” he said.
“He deserves to play in the Premier League, it would have been lovely had it been with us of course, but it’s not.
“Good luck to him, but it’s two players in and a few quid that we might be able to spend elsewhere.”