Ryan Hedges looks set for a move to Aberdeen according to a report.

The Press and Journal are reporting the Barnsley wideman is close to agreeing a deal that would see him become Derek McInnes’ side’s first summer signing.

The Welshman looks set for a move north. (Photo by Nathan Munkley/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Hedges is good when on top form, but that isn’t exactly very often. He has decent ability, but like most wingers, his game is riddled with inconsistency. He’s also massively prone to injury.

He might be a decent winger, but do the negatives outweigh the positives for Aberdeen as they look set to sign the Barnsley man?


Hedges isn’t reliable

I hate being negative about players before they even start or sign with a club. I have no doubts that on his day Hedges could change games for Aberdeen with his trickery out on the wing, but that day really doesn’t come about very often.

Inconsistency is found in Hedges’ game. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

When fit he’s like a Welsh Niall McGinn. He’s not the quickest winger in the world, but his quick foot work is great to watch and hard for defenders to deal with.

That sounds good and may be something Aberdeen want to get their hands on. There are a few lingering weaknesses in his game though.

First of all, the main one, injury. He only made five League One starts last season in what was a stop-start campaign, making just 11 in the past two seasons.

The Barnsley winger is injury-prone. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

He clearly can’t keep fit or hold a consistent run of form to get successive starts. His end product is also lacking. Since the 2014/15 season, he has scored eight goals and managed seven assists in 96 league appearances.

That isn’t a great record. With Mackay-Steven not penning a new deal as of yet, and Niall McGinn on the way back from injury, the Dons really could be doing with someone who delivers more than Hedges.

McInnes can’t attract the best players in the world but they must think carefully about whether they want to sign Hedges. This could be the big break the Welshman needs, or it could be another stop-start experience neither Aberdeen or him want to deal with.

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