Former Aberdeen leader Graeme Shinnie finally made his Derby County league debut at the weekend and he didn’t disappoint.
Since leaving Pittodrie, Shinnie has struggled for game time south of the border. He hadn’t featured in the league prior to Saturday’s away fixture to Luton, reduced to appearances in the Carabao Cup.
The Rams ran out 2-1 winners and Shinnie was one of the star men.
Shinnie racked up some impressive stats on his Derby debut
Shinnie lasted the whole 90 minutes against the Hatters, performing excellently in the CDM position. He racked up some impressive stats too.
The Rams battler had a 91% pass accuracy rate, completing 60 of his 66 passes. He also made five successful tackles, managed three interceptions and created one key chance.
He wasn’t shy in making a tackle against Luton, whilst also looking very composed on the ball. After this performance, Shinnie should be a guaranteed starter at Pride Park.
Aberdeen fans will be happy for Shinnie, but they know how badly they miss him. With midfield injury and suspension crippling them right now, the loss of Shinnie’s leadership and quality is being felt greatly.
Still though, it seems as if he’s finally about to get going at Derby.