Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna has grabbed the headlines recently, but can his partner Mikey Devlin step up and become Derek McInnes’ main man in defence?
McKenna has handed in a transfer request in order to try and force through a move away from Pittodrie.
With Aberdeen only having Devlin and Ash Taylor outwith McKenna to pick from at centre-back, it’s not ideal.
Even if he doesn’t go this window, McKenna will more than likely leave in the winter.
When he does leave Pittodrie though, can Devlin step up and become the Dons’ main defender?
Devlin can emulate McKenna at Pittodrie if he overcomes injury
Devlin has featured 31 times since joining from Hamilton. He has even earned a call-up to the national team since moving to Aberdeen, earning a spot in the squad that faced Portugal in a friendly last year.
On his day Devlin is a brilliant defender. Last season especially between August and November, he was arguably Aberdeen’s best player.
During a seven game spell between September and November 2018, the Dons conceded just five times. It was largely thanks to Devlin’s shrewd tactical awareness and strong tackling.
What has held him back so far in red is injury. Last term he missed 15 games through injury. It was a stop-start campaign for him, but whenever he was fit, Devlin performed well.
Should he get over his injury woes, Devlin can certainly go on to become McInnes’ main defender. He’ll need a replacement for McKenna, but Devlin can handle the mantle of being the club’s best defender.