Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has got it spot on with his praise of Sam Cosgrove.
The striker continued his hot streak of form at the weekend as Aberdeen dismantled Motherwell 3-0. Cosgrove netted a terrific lob and set the Dons on a collision course with victory.
Speaking to the club’s website, McInnes hailed his special talent.
The Dons boss said: “He looks at times as if he is unplayable. His link play, his running power, his quality of his finishing, his heading ability; he gives you a bit of everything.
“When you have got someone like him in your team, despite our difficulties, you always feel like you are going to get something from the game.
“I said to him that when he first came to the club, he would have put that over the stand. He has taken an opportunity. Someone has taken a chance on him and he has run with it.”
Cosgrove is one of McInnes’ Aberdeen gems
Opinions are split at the best of times over McInnes’ reign at Aberdeen, but he deserves unlimited praise for bringing Cosgrove to Pittodrie.
He plucked the striker from the depths of the EFL for just £40k (News and Star). Not only that, but he had one professional goal to his name.
Now Cosgrove did take a while to get started in red, netting just twice in his first twelve league games. Since he has started firing though, there’s been no stopping him.
Cosgrove finished last season on 21 goals and already this season has an amazing 15 in 16 games. At the rate he is scoring at, Cosgrove could smash 30 goals this term with ease.
McInnes spoke about giving him ‘an opportunity’ and he certainly has done. Because of his faith and willingness to let the 22-year-old grow and develop, a menacing striker has emerged from the goal-shy forward that rocked up at Pittodrie in 2018.
Now McInnes relies on the striker. As the Dons boss points out, with him on the park, Aberdeen always have a goal threat. In the 11 games in which Cosgrove has scored in this season, Aberdeen haven’t been beaten.
Cosgrove’s inspiring the Red Army right now and McInnes’ assessment of him is correct. He should give himself a pat on the back for the striker’s success too after showing patience during the 22-year-old’s early stages.