Aberdeen attacker Scott Wright was somewhat of a surprise starter during the first competitive Aberdeen match of the season. He played well against RoPS in the Europa League qualifier, but was dropped for the second leg in Finland.
The 21-year old made an appearance from the bench instead as Aberdeen beat their Finnish opponents 4-2 on aggregate.
It showed that Wright has potential to be an Aberdeen success story this season. To unlock that potential though, he has to start games this season.
Wright needs to play regular senior Aberdeen minutes
Last term Wright enjoyed a beneficial loan spell at Dundee. Whilst at Dens Park he scored three goals and notched five assists.
He couldn’t stop them from sliding into the Championship. It was still a good move for him though. Minutes weren’t coming regularly with the Red Army last season and the spell with the Dark Blues has really helped his development.
He’s returned to Pittodrie a much more mature player and it has showed. When on the ball, Wright is that bit smarter and he has a bit more cutting edge. When on the ball, the 21-year old looks likely to make things happen.
After a successful pre-season he was started against RoPS before being dropped for the next game. Not only does Wright need to play regular minutes, but he has to start regularly too.
Chopping and changing will not help him. Wright has to be allowed time to build up some form over the course of four or five competitive games. He did no harm in the first RoPS game, so why not give him the chance to prove he can perform consistently long-term?
Wrigth is a talented attacking midfielder with pace and technical class. His ability to play out on either flank is handy too. He has potential, but if he’s to realise it, Derek McInnes has to put some faith in him.