Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has insisted that he is happy with the club’s summer transfer window.
McInnes brought in nine new players this summer in a variety of positions. They’ve had a mixed start to the season, with performances like their 2-0 defeat to Rijeka showing clear weaknesses in the team.
On the other hand, their 5-0 and 3-0 victories over Chikhura Sackhere and Ross County respectively show that this side has potential to be a great team.
The Dons boss is pleased with their transfer work. He told the Press and Journal: “Our window was closed weeks ago. Every manager, every supporter, would love to bring in more players on deadline day but we tried to put our squad together early.
“We have brought nine players in, which is a lot, and we were fortunate to fill the squad early. If everyone is fit we can look forward to the season with optimism.
“We’ve spent £125,000 putting this squad together and it has settled quickly. It’s important we knuckle down and focus on the job at hand.”
McInnes made some strong Aberdeen signings
Overall, McInnes’ work in the transfer market was pretty sound. In defence he brought in Zak Vyner, who has impressed with his versatility at both right-back and centre-back.
English full-back Greg Leigh arrived from NAC Breda and has replaced the recently departed Max Lowe quite well. He netted his first Dons goal in the win over County.
Funso Ojo, if he can maintain his discipline, looks like a handy CDM. He has already picked up four bookings and a red, but the experience of fellow recruit Craig Bryson should help him out.
Ryan Hedges has started the season in great form, scoring two goals in three Premiership games. Hedges’ Dons form has persuaded Ryan Giggs to call the winger up to his Wales side.
James Wilson was re-signed following a loan spell at Pittodrie, but hasn’t had many minutes to prove himself.
They have also signed Atlanta United midfielder Jon Gallagher on loan, who can play a variety of positions, and he impressed in midfield during the Europa League qualifying campaign.
Signings that have received criticism are Curtis Main and Ash Taylor. Main scored just four times in 32 appearances last term for Motherwell and has so far struggled with the jump in quality at Aberdeen. Taylor returned to Pittodrie after a pretty average first stint with the club.
Overall though it was a decent summer for the Dons. McInnes will be hoping his new signings can kick on now following their win over the Staggies.