Aberdeen could have faced a real problem this season with the injury enforced absence of Sam Cosgrove. The top scorer of the last two seasons had not a regular run in the team until recently.

Other players had to step up to the plate in the absence of Cosgrove. One such player is Ryan Hedges.

The winger joined Aberdeen from Barnsley in 2019, and has helped himself to seven goals in 18 appearances this season.

Scored seven goals this season

The most recent goal came in the 1-1 draw with Hamilton. One man who has been impressed with Hedges’ form is the man who brought him to the club, Derek McInnes.

Ryan Hedges after scoring for Aberdeen

Ryan Hedges after scoring for Aberdeen (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

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Indeed, McInnes has identified a game which he thinks has provided Hedges with the confidence to go on and have a successful season. That game was the Europa League qualifying round game against NSI Runavik in August. Hedges scored a hat-trick in that game, and McInnes feels that match was a turning point for the player.

“Getting the hat-trick in Europe was massive”

“He has benefited from a strong start, trusted his body and benefited from playing the games. Confidence has played a big part. Getting the hat-trick in Europe was massive, and he hasn’t looked back from there” he said.

Ryan Hedges is congratulated by Andy Considine

Ryan Hedges is congratulated by Andy Considine (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Against Hamilton he was the one player on the pitch with real pace, and he used it time and time again. Confidence for that type of player is key. They can be up and down, but he is getting consistency of selection and performance” he concluded.

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