Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has explained why January signing Ronald Hernandez has rarely featured for the Dons this season.

The 23-year-old has made only four appearances this season for the Dons, and has not started a game since August. Last season he only made two appearances before the season was curtailed.

McInnes says that is not down to the right-back, who was signed in January from Norwegian Stabaek. He says that it is more down to a formation change which does not suit Hernandez.

“Change in formation”

“The change in formation has certainly not done Ronnie any favours, that’s had the biggest impact” he said.

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Roland Hernandez could be set to leave Aberdeen (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

“We felt that moving from a back four to a back three and playing with wingers – we tried to do it at every turn this season. We wanted to utilise the centre-backs that we had and the speed in the wingers we had at the club. That went against Ronnie as well” the Aberdeen boss disclosed.

Manager full of praise for player

The Aberdeen boss was full of praise for the player though, even though he may end up leaving the club in the upcoming transfer window.

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Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has praised Hernandez (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I think we have to be fair to the boy, and if there is an opportunity, and we think there will be, to recoup the money invested then that money will come back. For a young boy to travel to Norway to play, to Scotland, it has been a challenge for him.

“It shows a real sense of maturity, but there have been huge sacrifices made from Ronnie. He’s a brilliant boy, and I am disappointed that he hasn’t been able to force his way into the team” McInnes concluded.

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