Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove has enjoyed another top season over at Pittodrie and is one of the SPFL’s biggest success stories outside the Old Firm this term.
Signed in January 2018 from Carlisle United, the Englishman’s arrival at the club was greeted with skepticism – how ridiculous that sounds now.
After plundering 21 goals in 44 games in his first full season (with 16 coming in the Premiership), Cosgrove has reached the 23-goal mark in 2019/20, taking his total for the club to 44 in 87 games
The 23-year-old has become absolutely key for Derek McInnes, who suggested earlier this season that his struggling Dons side were ‘too dependent’ on their main man up top – which is quite the compliment to the player.
Cosgrove hasn’t actually been on the scoresheet so much in recent weeks in the league, with his red card at Celtic and some fitness problems disrupting his momentum a little.
Interestingly, Aberdeen didn’t lose any of the four league matches he was unavailable for, but arguably the Dons did lack the 6ft 2in star’s threat.
Cosgrove is just a handful, plain and simple. The burly hitman’s physicality is something that makes him tailor-made for Scottish football, but he also has that deft touch at times.
Whether it’s a bullet header or a first-time finish to give the goalkeeper no chance, Cosgrove is an efficient talent within the penalty box, and is arguably bettered by few, if any, strikers outside the Old Firm.
Give his start to life in Scottish football, Aberdeen may want to start thinking about tieing their star down to a longer contract.
His current deal expires in the summer of 2022 which suggests a healthy enough position right now – but given his importance to the team, perhaps talks should begin next year about an extension, if anything to protect their asset.
Because if Cosgrove is going to continue in such fashion in the Premiership, it may not be long before a bigger side comes calling given the kind of qualities he brings.