Former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan believes Jose Mourinho could employ Ryan Fraser as a full-back amidst reports that Tottenham wish to sign the Bournemouth star.
Despite failing to recreate the terrific form he showed last season at the Vitality Stadium, Fraser is still reportedly on the shopping list of Spurs, Arsenal and Everton (9 min).
Fraser’s contract with the Cherries runs out in the summer and links with Tottenham have intensified over the past couple of weeks.
Football Insider claim that the Scotland international has told his friends that he wants to move to Spurs.
Whelan believes that Jose Mourinho could use Fraser as a wing-back and that the Bournemouth’s star had the attributes to thrive in the role.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Leeds man said: “Tottenham have got rid of a lot of wing-backs recently so there is definitely an opening because they have no replaced them.
“He has the athleticism to play that role, is dangerous going forward, and has the work rate and pace to get back and defend.
“The game has been transformed. It is not about getting to the half-way line and stopping. You are a defender and a winger.
“It is a great, exciting role to play but it demands a player with a certain character and level of fitness to do that.
“Ryan Fraser has got everything there to go and play in that role at a very high standard in the Premier League.”
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I can see why Mourinho would like Fraser given his versatility, engine and tactical discipline. While I believe that the 26-year-old can play as a left-back or a right-back, I think he will be viewed as an option who can fill in at multiple positions and address the weaknesses in the squad without having to spend any money.
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