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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:53

Fraser Hornby: Scotland starlet eager to build on international form

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Fraser Hornby turns 19 years old on the 13th of September and his 19th year on earth could prove to be the most important of his career.
The Everton youngster came out of this recent international break in fine form, starting off with a hat-trick in Scotland's Under-21 match against Andorra on Thursday, before rounding off a double against the Dutch, scoring a brace in Doetinchem in a 2-1 win.
This form has put the striker's name into the spotlight, with Scotland Under-21 coach Scot Gemmill predicting an influx of interest for the target man, who is open to the idea of a loan move away from Merseyside in January.

He said: “I’m delighted for Fraser. You can see a young player starting to emerge and he’s developing all the time.

"He had a good tournament in Toulon in the summer and he’s really benefited from playing against those sort of teams.

“He’s got that physicality which is important but Fraser is not just about that. It’s about intelligence, a willingness to do the work and the talent as well. In football today you need the full package but he is definitely on schedule.

“I’m thrilled he’s come home to play in Scotland in an important qualification match and done so well.

“I’m sure clubs are queuing up to take him on loan now.”

Whether Hornby will take up the option of moving away is another factor to consider. The youngster has set his aspirations high this season and hopes to force his way into Everton manager Marco Silva's plans for this season.

What is certain is that Everton defnitely view Hornby as a valuable asset to the English Premier League club. Hornby made his first-team debut in a Europa League tie against Apollon Limassol, playing 82 minutes in a 3-0 victory, and he has also won the club's coveted Keith Tamlin award, an award given to a player for their “excellence, attitude and application” during their time in Everton's Academy.

And if that already wasn't enough hype to live up to, he has also been taken under the wing of Everton icon Duncan Ferguson. Standing at 6ft 2in, Hornby certainly measures up well against Ferguson and it is clear to see that his partnership with the former Scotland international has had a positive impact.

“Duncan’s a fantastic person to learn off" said Hornby during the summer

"I’ve had the pleasure of training with the first team quite a lot over the last few months and he’s been really good with me.

“I think he understands that I’m still learning the position (Hornby was signed from Northampton as a midfielder). So I’m taking all of his advice on board and hopefully it’ll make me a better player.

“I’ve got two sides to me. I’ve got a side to me off the pitch but when I go on it, it’s all business for me. I like to put myself about in the right way. But off the pitch, it’s important to have a balance of being calm before you cross that white line.

“The best bit of advice he’s given me is to always be in the box.

"Pundits often say about strikers that they’re in the best place at the right time. But, if you can get yourself into the best position all the time, you've got a better chance of scoring goals.”

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