I didn't do a Scouting Report on our first summer signing, so instead I am going to take a look at just what have we signed and how he will impact on Wigan Athletic for the forth coming season and in the years to come. First of lets get the details of the transfer out in the open. The exact amount of the deal is undisclosed as many deals are in the modern era of football, however it is believed to be in the region of £500,000. A bargain for one of the hottest young talents in football.
Next to the players contract, having signed a three year contract keeping Fraser at the club till he turns 22 years old, with a rumoured wage of about £10,000. So the young Scotsman hasn't done bad for himself, has he? But how have Wigan done? Is it the great bit of business that we all think it is. And can Fraser live up to the expectations set down by our other Scottish internationals.
Has you may have heard Fraser holds the record as the youngest goalscorer in the SPL at the tender age of 16, scoring against Hearts. Funny enough though, Frasers first senior game for Aberdeen, came against Hamilton Academical where two of our other Scottish lads came from. Big things were expect of Fraser as you would imagine for the following season. Sadly due to a cruciate ligament injury he did not feature for Aberdeen gain till the 2011/12 season.
Fraser would go on to make 34 appearances and score two goals for Aberdeen last season in is first full season for the club, and what would be he last since his transfer to Wigan Athletic. In total Fraser made 66 apperances and scored three goals in his time in Scotland.
The player has also repersented his country at several international levels and has impressed at each stage. He played 14 times for Scotland Under-19's and scored three goals in his time. Showing that when needed he can score against international opposition.
So what kind of player have we got?
Well he is a attacking midfielder who likes the ball at his feet to look to work the ball around in the middle of the park. As you would expect with any Scottish International player he doesn't stop running and would fit in brilliantly in the centre of our midfield. And with the two James and Shaun Maloney to lead the way for the Fraser he is in good company to start his Wigan Athletic career.
Fraser himself has already spoken of how great it is to have so many Scottish players at the club, and how it has helped him to settle in so quickly to the club and relax. Which is great to hear. What was even better to hear from the player was how he was already feeling ready and wants to grasp any chance he can get.
That kind of hard working attitude is what this clubs was built on, and when you combine it with the kind of passing football we are playing at the moment. That makes for a brilliant bedrock of a football club.
For Fraser's immediate future, don't be surprised to see him appear on the bench and maybe make a few substitution appearances. Yet much like his predecessors (James McCarthy and James McArthur) he will have to wait till Martinez believes he is ready to push on into the squad.