Ex-Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie didn’t even make Derby County’s recent matchday squad. Are the early signs there that the Scotland international has made the wrong move?
Shinnie made the switch south this summer following a fruitful stint with the Dons. Current Chelsea boss Frank Lampard brought him to the Rams, before Philip Cocu took over as boss.
Since his arrival, Shinnie’s not had much of a look in. He has played one League Cup game and has yet to make a league appearance.
Is the writing on the wall already for the Scotsman?
Shinnie can’t be written off this early in his Derby career, but Aberdeen miss him greatly
After just a few games, he can’t be labelled as a flop or a failure. It certainly seems as if Cocu just doesn’t seem to fancy Shinnie right now.
Although he only arrived this summer, the former Dons captain isn’t really his player. Lampard brought him to Pride Park and who knows how heavily the midfielder would be involved had the Chelsea boss stayed with Derby.
On his Rams debut against Scunthorpe he looked good. He made some neat passes and committed to a few decent challenges.
Then just a few days later he is left out of their squad to take on Stoke. It’s early days but that doesn’t bode well for the midfielder.
Aberdeen have missed him greatly as well. There’s no leadership in the middle of the park right now, a voice to inspire the Dons when times are tough.
Against Rijeka Aberdeen surrendered to defeat. If Shinnie was on the park, that might not have been the case.
Don’t write Shinnie’s Derby career off, but questions will begin to be asked if he doesn’t feature much in the next few weeks.