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Scotland under-21 Ryan Fraser misses out on Player of the Month

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Scotland under-21 internationalist and former Aberdeen youth Ryan Fraser has missed out on the August English Championship Player of the Month award after being nominated for a series of high-quality showings for Ipswich Town.

It was announced this morning that the winner was Brighton & Hove Albion’s Kazenga LuaLua (pictured, right), younger brother of ex-Newcastle United attacker Lomana.

Fraser, a left-sided midfielder currently on-loan at the Tractor Boys from newly-promoted English Premiership underdogs Bournemouth AFC, was nominated for his sterling efforts during the first month of the league campaign.

The Aberdonian has scored two goals, including the winner against Preston North End at Deepdale, and has been credited with three assists so far this season.

Fraser is in Ricky Sbragia's Scotland under-21 squad for tonight's 2017 European Championship qualifier against Northern Ireland. If Fraser takes to the field in Lurgan, which appears likely given his good run of form at a high level, he will make his ninth appearance for his country at under-21 level.

Eventual winner LuaLua was also on sparkling form for his team throughout August. The pacy winger netted three times, including winners against Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers.

The 24 year-old, born in the Democratic Republic of Congo but brought up on Tyneside, said: “It was very special just to be nominated for the award and to win is a very special moment for me, but the most important thing is that the team has started the season very well.”

His manager, former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton, added: "Kaz thoroughly deserves the award, he’s had a wonderful start.

"He has been exceptional in our first few games and he has a responsibility to keep that going and work on the aspects of his game that can help him improve, but the team have also played a great part in that and delivered for him."

Hughton was also victorious after being nominated for the August Manager of the Month award. Fraser’s boss at Ipswich, former Ireland, Sunderland and Wolves manager Mick McCarthy, was also nominated, with his side sitting in third-place after securing 10 points from a possible 15 in the early stages of England’s second-top division.

David Kelly | YFS South East Region Journalist
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