Aberdeen captain Joe Lewis has piled praise on his teammate Sam Cosgrove, but will he even make their crucial European clash?
The Dons are trailing Rijeka 2-0 following a disappointing first leg in Croatia. They need at least three goals to progress to the Europa League play-off round. It’s a tough ask and they really need Cosgrove firing.
He’s scored eight in six games so far this term. Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has confirmed to the club’s website that the striker might not even make the clash though with a hamstring problem.
That hasn’t stopped the Red Army captain piling the praise on Cosgrove.
Lewis told the Herald: “Sam Cosgrove has been in a really good scoring form and we have shown in the first few games that we have others who can pitch in with goals as well.
“With Sam in the form he is in it always gives you a chance and you know if he gets a chance that he is likely to put it away.”
Lewis knows Aberdeen need Cosgrove to progress
Without their star striker, Aberdeen have next to no chance of going through. In the two Aberdeen games this season where he hasn’t been on the scoresheet, the Dons haven’t scored.
He has scored eight of the Dons’ 13 goals this term. Take that out of any team and already they are on the backfoot and Aberdeen are no different.
They desperately need him to play. Curtis Main really struggled against St Mirren. He put in the hard yards but looked toothless in front of goal.
The chances of him being able to deliver a massive performance against a much harder outfit in Rijeka are slim. James Wilson simply hasn’t had enough games yet and may be too rusty to trust from the start.
Aberdeen’s progression hinges on whether Cosgrove makes this clash or not. He is an integral part of McInnes’ squad these days and the striker will be needed once more if his side are to pull off a European shock.
Lewis clearly backs his teammate. Whether he wins the fitness race is another question.