For the rest of December, we’ll be profiling 20 of the most promising Scottish talents who we believe will have defining 2020’s. Next up is Aberdeen midfielder Dean Campbell.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed a decent 2019. First-team appearances have appeared on a more consistent basis whilst he’s also became the Scotland U19s captain on occasion.
In light of recent developments too, 2020 could be another big year for him.
New deal for Campbell at Aberdeen
The Dons supporters put pen to paper on a new deal at his boyhood club recently. It will see his long-term status at the club confirmed until 2023.
This is an excellent piece of news, given how well Campbell has developed since his debut at 16. Credit must go to the playing staff at Pittodrie too for gradually building him into first-team plans.
One appearance was made in the 2016/17 season and another senior appearance was added the following campaign. 2018/19 is the term where Campbell started seeing more action, playing in 11 and already this season he’s featured 16 times.
He’s a player that is highly rated by McInnes, the club and the Aberdeen faithful. Excellent passing ability, pressing and willingness to help the Dons cause have endeared him to the Red Army.
Now that his future is secured, the foundations for next year are set in stone.
Take advantage of the midfield situation
Craig Bryson and Funso Ojo were signed as marquee midfield signings for Aberdeen during the summer. Injury, however, has limited their appearances and allowed Campbell a consistent run in the side.
Europa League experience has been given to the teenager and he’s already featured more than other seasons he’s appeared in combined this term. Next year will provide him with a big test.
Bryson and Ojo will be expected to return to full fitness after the winter break. This will see Campbell compete with them, Lewis Ferguson, Jon Gallagher Stephen Gleeson, Greg Leigh and Zak Vyner for berths in the middle of the park.
They are all either more experienced or a bit older than the Dons’ teenage midfielder. Whilst definitely one for the future, Campbell will have his eyes on the here and now.
His challenge in 2020 will be to break into the Aberdeen midfield on a regular basis, perhaps earning more starts. Four have been made in the league this term and he’ll be eager for more next year.
There’s no doubting his talent, so Campbell will definitely be one to keep an eye on as he fights for a regular Aberdeen berth amongst experienced competitors.