James Wilson was brought back to Aberdeen this summer, but as of yet, hasn’t had much of a look in.
He arrived at Pittodrie following his Manchester United departure. Last term he spent the season in the north-east, and although he took his time to get going, the striker eventually showed promise towards the end of his temporary stint.
Wilson netted four times from 12 Premiership starts last campaign. This season hasn’t been much better, with his appearances coming mostly from the bench.
So when is the forward going to get a consistent crack of the whip at Pittodrie?
Cosgrove is keeping Wilson out the Aberdeen side
The form of Sam Cosgrove hasn’t helped his cause. The prolific forward is already in double figures for the season and the likes of Curtis Main, Bruce Anderson and Wilson have had to wait for opportunities as a consequence.
Derek McInnes usually opts for one up top. Because of that, it means that unless Cosgrove is injured, Wilson won’t get a look in from the start in the near future.
On his day the ex-United forward is a pacey frontman with a potentially killer touch in front of goal. The burden of bursting onto the scene at United in spectacular fashion, netting on his debut, was a heavy weight on his shoulders.
He has been freed of that burden at Pittodrie, but now the frustration of watching from the bench will slowly set in. What will annoy him more is that there isn’t much he can do about it whilst Cosgrove is firing.
For now Wilson will have to bide his time for a consecutive run of games.