June 30th was the day that every football fan waited each season for, as it was the day that players contracts expire, and they officially become free agents. Securing a cut-price deal for a talented player is the first piece of business most managers strive to complete, and one of those players who should be at the top of a lot of club’s wish list is ex-Burton Albion midfielder Scott Fraser. Today, I take a look at five teams who could really use a player of Fraser’s calibre for the new season.
As of writing this, Peterborough are the only team in this piece that are confirmed to be a league one side next season. For me, if Scott Fraser was not to make the jump from League One to the Championship, then Peterborough could be the ideal team to give him a possible promotion campaign. Darren Ferguson’s side are one of the most capable teams in the league, and really should have been in the playoffs on merit this season. With Szmodics, Knight and Brown heading back to their parent clubs, and the news that Marcus Maddison, Alex Woodyard and Callum Cooke are not extending their contracts with the club, it leaves their central midfield position quite slim for the new season. Someone like Scott Fraser, who scored 5 goals with 11 assists in the league this year, could be the man to take some of the pressure of the young talent at the club like Jack Taylor. Expect Peterborough to not be the outright favourites for Fraser, but if he doesn’t see himself as Championship ready, then don’t be surprised if Peterborough are the club he chooses.
For me, if Coventry can keep Mark Robins at the club, then they could be one of the favourites for Fraser’s signature this summer. The Sky Blues already have themselves a spot in the Championship for the new season after a strong campaign this year, and will need some players who they think can make the step up to the Championship in a cut-price deal. Coventry already have some ex-Burton players in their ranks, with Kyle McFadzean and Jamie Allen signed from the Brewers at the beginning of last season, so it could tempt the recently released Burton man to join up with the Sky Blues as he will already be familiar with some of the players. With Liam Walsh and Callum O’Hare heading back to the parent clubs after their loans, Fraser could be the leading man for a midfield that is desperate for some goals. Depending on the financial situation Coventry find themselves in next season, and whether or not they can keep Mark Robins who will undoubtedly be garnering some attention from bigger Championship teams, then Fraser could be making the short trip towards Coventry.
The Yorkshire side are teetering on the edge of survival in the current Championship season, but even if they were to be unfortuanetly relegated they could still tempt a player of Fraser’s quality to their side. With Trevoh Chalobah and Andy King’s loan deals coming up at the end of the season, Huddersfield will be looking to add some much needed threat from an already depleted midfield set up. With only nine goals in all competitions for the midfield, with six of those coming from Juninho Bacuna, it is imperative that Huddersfield look for someone to take the weight of his shoulders. The poor form of Alex Pritchard means that the attacking midfield position behind the striker is in desperate need of talent, and Fraser could be the man to make that position his home, especially if the Yorkshire side can convince Karlan-Grant to stay for another season. That is a partnership that will excite a lot of Huddersfield fans.
Birmingham are a side I was not originally thinking about for a move for Scott Fraser, but after the recent news that Borussia Dortmund have seemingly agreed a transfer for Jude Bellingham, Scott Fraser could be the perfect cheap replacement for him. Yes, I know that the fee looks to be around £20million, but it is almost a certainty that money will not be reinvested in full. With only one player in the squad hitting double digits for goals, and the next highest being a loan player, it’s fair to say that the money brought in for Bellingham should be focused on a top-quality striker for next season. I honestly don’t think Birmingham fans will mind seeing a player like Scott Fraser coming in to the club with 16 goal contributions last season, and that fact he can be snapped up on a free. It’s a win-win situation for the Blues, who are begging for a new playmaker to replace the outgoing Bellingham.
The final team on the list is probably the ‘best’ team that I have picked, as in a side who is probably on paper better than the other four mentioned. Sheffield Wednesday have a few issues right now when it comes to their squad, with the news that experienced players like Steven Fletcher, Fernando Forestieri and Sam Hutchinson departing before the season is over. Despite being in a precarious position, I think that Sheffield Wednesday should have what it takes to keep themselves in the Championship for another season. If they can keep Barry Bannan in that midfield, then an exciting partnership could be formed next season between Bannan and Fraser if the Owls are willing to take a chance on the Scotsman. Garry Monk is a very capable manager who will definitely get the best out of Fraser, so it is just a case of waiting and seeing what the future holds for the midfielder.
What do you guys think? Is Scott Fraser ready for the Championship, or will another season in League One do him good. In my opinion, I think that Birmingham may be the best team for him. With the money coming in for Jude Bellingham, there is a lot of wiggle room for the Blues to work with, and bringing in a multi-million-pound midfielder should be on the top of the transfer targets. Let me know in the comments below and make sure to follow All Out Football on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.