Aberdeen have the advantage over Chikhura Sachkhere in their Europa League second round qualifier. After a 1-1 draw over in Georgia, the Dons now return to Pittodrie for the second leg with an away goal advantage.
It wasn’t vintage stuff over in Georgia, but Derek McInnes’ men got the job done regardless.
Goalscorer Sam Cosgrove’s performance was called into question though. Despite scoring in every competitive Dons game so far, some supporters have questioned his overall performances.
Whilst Cosgrove’s goal record can’t be argued against, the introduction of summer signing James Wilson is something McInnes should look at for the crucial Pittodrie clash.
Wilson offers more to the Aberdeen team than Cosgrove
Despite scoring three goals in three games, Cosgrove has hardly played well. Two of those goals were penalties also. The striker struggled with the physical elements of the Chikhura match and his link-up play was pretty poor too.
He didn’t hit a shot on target against the Georgians outwith his penalty strike. Whilst you can’t question the fact he’s scored three in three games, you can question the amount of chances he misses or doesn’t take.
Wilson should be brought in to help him. Cosgrove won’t be dropped by McInnes just yet, so Wilson won’t be coming in as a solo striker.
What Wilson can do though is act as Cosgrove’s legs. He can do all the pressing and physical things Cosgrove has struggled with, easing the pressure on the forward.
Wilson’s got experience on the wing, so he could peel off Cosgrove and get deliveries into the box if given the opportunity to do so.
The ex-Manchester United forward could add pace to the forward line. Cosgrove desperately needs someone to play off and ease the pressure on him. That man should be Wilson and they should be paired together against Chikhura at Pittodrie.