Yesterday I reviewed Livingston captain Craig Halkett’s memorable 2018/2019 campaign. Today I’m putting Derby County-bound Graeme Shinnie under the microscope.
The Dons skipper has agreed a deal with the Rams that will end his Pittodrie stay. He’s been a fantastic servant for Derek McInnes’ side.
The Pittodrie outfit have a big task on their hands as they look to find his replacement in the middle. That becomes harder after Shinnie played exceptionally well during the 2018/19 campaign.
Shinnie is definitely Derby’s gain
The Aberdeen captain was a brilliant leader in the middle of the park again this term. On occasion this season his performances have slipped slightly, but he always dusts himself off and gets back to his old self the following game.
In total he scored three goals and notched three assists, his lowest return of goal contributions since the 2015/16 season. Still, whilst this is slightly disappointing, his leadership qualities peaked this year.
This season proved that the Dons are losing more than just a midfielder and Derby will get more than just a defensive anchorman.
He is a leader on and off the park, who drove his influence throughout the team at points this season. He never hides from criticism and will always demand the best from everyone around him.
Factor that in with assured defensive performances for the most part this season, it’s fair to say Shinnie had a decent campaign. He’ll be a massive asset for Rams boss Frank Lampard as they look for a place in the English Premier League.
It wasn’t a perfect campaign, but it was very decent one for Aberdeen’s departing skipper.