As the season comes to a close, it means one thing. The summer transfer window and its endless rumours and transfer stories are beginning to spread. Some Aberdeen supporters will hope those linked with the Dons aren’t really making their way to Pittodrie.
Ash Taylor and Curtis Main have been linked with moves to the Granite city. Taylor has recently been put up for sale by League Two side Northampton Town and Main’s Motherwell deal expires this summer.
Taylor has some experience with the Dons, having spent time in Aberdeen between 2014-2017. Main is a familiar face to supporters, having played regularly in North Lanarkshire for the Steelmen since January last year.
Both players though are not Aberdeen standard. If these two reported targets are anything to go by, Dons boss Derek McInnes needs to show a bit more ambition with his signing targets.
Funds will play their part, but McInnes can do better than Main and Taylor
In England this season we saw how much new stadium plans affected Tottenham’s transfer business, who haven’t brought in a new player since January 2018. Aberdeen will bring in players this summer, but they shouldn’t be scraping the bottom of the barrel to cut costs.
Taylor was ok during his Pittodrie spell, but has been mediocre for Northampton this season, often proving a yard or two slower than the striker he is facing.
Main is a hard worker but isn’t a reliable goal scorer. He’s only hit the net three times in the Premiership this season, scoring just once at home since July. He wouldn’t be a major loss at Fir Park, so he won’t be a useful addition at Pittodrie.
Money is a big factor as Aberdeen can’t offer big wages. The biggest selling point they have is playing for a decent sized club and being put on a platform for bigger things. Just ask the likes of Ryan Fraser and Graeme Shinnie about how that has worked.
It’s impossible for McInnes to attract big names, but he needs to have more ambition. Targeting the likes of Main and Taylor will see the club go backwards.
Aberdeen should be competing with lower end Championship clubs for players. They shouldn’t be targeting League Two rejects or a Motherwell striker who couldn’t hit a cow’s backside with a banjo.
The Dons need to aim higher with their transfer targets if they want to remain in the top four next season.