Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove admitted that it was a “shock” to see James Wilson arrive for the Dons’ friendly against Peterhead – but thinks it’s a good move to bring the striker back to Pittodrie.

Wilson left Manchester United after his contract ended in the summer and had offers to remain in England or head to MLS but opted for a return to Aberdeen. 

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 05: Sam Cosgrove of Aberdeen leaves the pitch after he is shown a red card by referee Stevem McLean during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on December 5, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“I saw Willo (James Wilson) rock up to the car park at Pittodrie on the day of the Peterhead game,” Cosgrove told the Evening Express.

“I saw Scotty Wright’s car pull up in the car park and there was Willo sitting next to him.


“It was a bit of a shock, but a good one. The only indication I had that Willo could be coming back was hearing the odd rumour.

“I didn’t think it would happen so quickly. The next thing I saw him pulling up to the stadium.

“We know the qualities that he brings to the team so it was a great surprise to see him.”

Cosgrove hit the net 21 times last season and will be hoping to hit a similar mark again as the Dons look to improve on their fourth place finish in the league.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 02: (L-R) Scott Wright, Stevie May and James Wilson of Aberdeen walk on the pitch prior to the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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If Wilson can contribute goals regularly then Aberdeen could have a really potent strike force at their disposal.

Managing to get Wilson back is a really good bit of business with how much he will have been earning at Old Trafford.

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