Aberdeen fired blanks for the fourth time this season against Kilmarnock as their reliance on Sam Cosgrove becomes clearer with every passing game.
The Dons weren’t great going forward at Rugby Park. The sturdy Killie defence just about neutralised any attacking threat Derek McInnes had.
A worrying pattern is emerging though. In every game Sam Cosgrove hasn’t scored in this season, Aberdeen have failed to score (Transfermarkt).
It’s a worrying statistic that shows how important Cosgrove is to the Dons right now.
Attacking teammates have to help Aberdeen hitman Cosgrove
Cosgrove has hit nine goals in nine games this season. He is doing all he can to deliver the goods up top for McInnes and can’t be asked for much more.
Last week he was linked to Italian giants Lazio (Cittaceleste). Whilst you can laugh at that rumour, what can’t be laughed at is the lack of firepower Aberdeen have without him.
On the basis of this season alone, it would be disastrous if Cosgrove left. He is the only one stepping up to the plate for the Dons right now, scoring the winner in three matches so far this term.
His attacking teammates have to step up and help him. The likes of James Wilson haven’t been given enough minutes to make an impact, but the likes of Niall McGinn and Ryan Hedges who play every week need to add to their individual goal records.
Aberdeen have scored 15 times this season. Cosgrove has scored more this term than the rest of his teammates combined by some distance. It’s not fair on the Englishman to expect him to deliver bags of goals every game.
McInnes is relying heavily on him right now and that has to change sooner rather than later.