Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has set winger Ryan Hedges a target ahead of the new season.

The Welshman has shown over the past three Europa League games that he could be a difference maker for the Dons this season.

Hedges has been decent so far. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Now his manager wants him to start finding the back of the net, setting him the target of hitting double figures this term.

McInnes told the Press and Journal: “I want him to be a goalscorer, a maker and to be relevant in the final third. He has a great delivery and we have always had good wide players who contribute, guys like McGinn, Gary Mackay-Steven and Hayes who got or get into double figures.

“We have had wide players who contribute and we want Ryan to do the same. We not only want him to be a good footballer but we want more.

Aberdeen boss McInnes wants goals from Hedges. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

“He has a lot of power and pace and it is all about him showing what he has in his game time and time again.”

Can Hedges hit Aberdeen boss McInnes’ target?

He hasn’t hit the net yet, but Hedges has shown he can potentially become a goalscorer for the Dons.

Hedges is particularly dangerous when he cuts inside from the flanks. It’s something he did many times against Chikhura and RoPS.

Hedges has been particularly dangerous cutting in from the flanks. (Photo by Mark Cosgrove/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Where he’s found success though is his direct dribbling and crossing. He grabbed an assist against RoPS after bombarding their box with crosses and won the crucial penalty against Chikhura after a mazy run into the box.

Can he hit 10 goals? You’d like to think he can. He’s showed enough promise in his opening three games that there is potential for him to add regular goals to his growing list of pros.

McInnes will be hoping Hedges reaches, or potentially surpasses, the target he has set for him.

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