Ipswich Town winger Ryan Fraser has been named The Football League’s Young Player of the Month for August.Fraser, 21, is currently on loan at Ipswich Town from AFC Bournemouth and was in eye-catching form during the opening month of the 2015/16 season, scoring three goals in six appearances for the club.
Having started his career at Aberdeen, the young Scot moved to Bournemouth in 2013 before joining the Tractor Boys in the close season to gain regular first-team football.
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Since making the switch to Suffolk, Fraser has repaid Mick McCarthy’s faith with some excellent displays on the left wing, including a debut goal against Brentford on the opening day of the season.
Starting every match in the Sky Bet Championship during the month, Fraser scored a stunning 25-yard winner away at Preston North End and went on to claim his third goal for the club in the Capital One Cup Round 2 extra-time victory over Doncaster Rovers.
Commenting on the award, Fraser said: “It feels really good.
“It's obviously an honour to get it and with the start the team and I have had, I'm keen to get some more now. Hopefully I can keep up my performances and just push on from here.
Presenting the award to Fraser, Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy added: “I was delighted to see Ryan pick up The Football League Young Player of the Month award for August and he fully deserves it.
“He's an infectious character on and off the pitch, he loves taking defenders on, he can go either way and he's already shown that he has a goal in him. He's just a really talented footballer and we are delighted to have him here.”
Each season, Football League clubs invest more than £60m on identifying, training and educating the next generation of football talent.
There are 8,500 young players between the ages of eight and 18 registered with League clubs, making Football League Youth Development the largest centrally co-ordinated young player programme in world football. Over 200 players aged 21 or under make their professional debuts for Football League clubs each season.
Commenting on Fraser’s award, David Wetherall, Head of Youth Development at The Football League, said: “Ryan Fraser is an exciting young footballer who has made a flying start to the new season.
“Joining a Football League club on loan and bagging a number of first-team goals and assists will have boosted Ryan’s confidence and will, I am sure, play a big part in his development.”
Each month the accolade is awarded by The Football League to the young player who has made the most significant contribution and impact in first-team football.