Aberdeen youngster Dean Campbell has said he can step up for Derek McInnes and replace the Dons’ injured stars.
They are currently enduring a bit of a midfield crisis, with Stephen Gleeson, Craig Bryson and Funso Ojo all out injured. It leaves McInnes with only a few options in the middle.
Campbell says that he want to become a man Aberdeen boss McInnes can rely on.
He told the Daily Record (Page 44, 24/09/19): “I want to make an impression. I want to give the manager a decision to make when the others are all back fit. I don’t want to be a player that just fills in for them, I want to be there competing with them to get in the team.
“I got my chance against Livingston and hopefully I can keep playing at a decent standard. It has been a huge learning curve for me. The games I have tended to play in have been in the Celtic and Rangers matches where it has been technical games but Livingston was a different challenge.
“The ball was bouncing a lot in the midfield and you don’t have time. Games like that Livingston one will only help for the future.”
Campbell has a few weeks to impress Aberdeen and McInnes
Whilst Funso Ojo will be out long-term, it’s only a matter of weeks before the likes of Bryson and Gleeson return to the fold.
If Campbell wants to prove to McInnes he can be a regular starter, the performances have to be coming in thick and fast.
The Dons boss handed the 18-year-old his first Premiership appearance of the season against Livi. It wasn’t a game he had much influence in, but that was hardly his fault.
Campbell likes to get his foot on the ball and link midfield to attack with neat passing. McInnes was playing long ball in West Lothian, so the youngster couldn’t express his main traits.
Over the next few weeks though in challenging matches against Hearts, Rangers, Hibs at home potentially and Motherwell away, Campbell will have to prove he’s first-team quality.