The former Bournemouth pair excelled together at the Cherries, producing a whopping 46% of their goals in the four seasons they were in the Premier League.
Sadly, however, Fraser’s lack of fitness and recent hamstring injury has meant he’s only started in the same team as Wilson once ONCE this season – and that was when he was played out of position in a deeper role at Wolves, not out wide.
The pair did show a glimpse of what they can do when they combined beautifully for Wilson’s second goal against Everton last month, however Bruce is looking forward to seeing the pair link up in attack next year.
Here is what Bruce said to The Chronicle on his plan to see the pair forming another ruthless partnership on Tyneside to give our attack ‘another dimension’:
“Oh yeah, it was always on my mind how well they linked up together. I was aware of the stats of them both.
“They were huge together at Bournemouth, not so much last season, the one before.
“They enjoy playing together and have a link up together. At the end of the day, they are simply good players.
“The more good players you have, life becomes a little bit easier. It gives me what we have never had.
“I think since the summer the four players added to the squad has given us options and we’re better for it.
“Certainly Callum and Ryan have given us another dimension if you like. That is what we’re looking for.
“It is a long hard season and there are a lot of games to play and with Ryan, I was always going to be careful with him. He hadn’t played since last March.
“There have been times after games where he was still a bit sore.
“He is about pace and power, the last thing he needed was to be rushed in.”
I think the whole Toon fanbase is purring at the thought of Fraser and Wilson linking up more often, especially when you add Almiron and Saint-Maximin into the mix too.
Having a wide man that knows exactly where your centre forward is and where he wants the ball is an undervalued tool and could be somewhat of a secret weapon for us in the future.
Despite their relegation last season, they are clearly both Premier League proven players who would improve any mid table side in the division.
A rare well done should go to Bruce and the board for bringing them in.