Derek McInnes has reacted to Aberdeen’s weekend defeat as he gave his thoughts as to why he’s brought Leeds United youngster Ryan Edmondson to the club.
A goal from Ryan Kent in the first half saw the Dons lose on opening day of the Scottish Premiership. They had been dealt a hugh blow before the game with star striker Sam Cosgrove being ruled out for 8-10 weeks.
The night prior to the game, Edmondson made the switch to the north-east from Leeds United. He will stay at Pittodrie until January to help provide cover, as Curtis Main is also out with injury too.
He came on after the hour mark against the Gers but the Leeds youngster wasn’t able to make an instant impact. That being said, he did keep himself busy and looks to be a physical presence up front.
McInnes only has the Leeds prospect and Bruce Anderson to turn to for goals up front just now. Once he’s fully up to speed, Edmondson is almost guaranteed to get plenty of minutes.
It was a slow start to the Premiership campaign for Aberdeen as McInnes gave his thoughts on the game and Edmondson (AFC): “When you lose the first game of the season there is always disappointment.
“I thought we got better as the game went on. I thought initially Rangers imposed themselves in possession, they are a possession-based team. Their movement at the top end of the pitch can give you that overload to deal with. We didn’t get our distances right to go and press.
“For all the possession Rangers had, Joe has only had one save from Hagi which was from distance in the first half. I am disappointed that we have allowed Rangers to enjoy possession as much as they did in the first half an hour. They are a good team; they will do that to teams regularly this season.
“I thought when Edmondson came on that he gave us a bit more psychically and it annoyed their centre backs a bit more with his running power and his physical size. Obviously, he helped us get up the pitch a bit more. Ideally we would have got Ryan up with us earlier in the week.
“Ryan is someone when there was a possibility of Sam going to France, he was one of the players that we had looked at as a potential replacement. He scores goals, he is very highly thought of at Leeds.
“We are delighted to get him, he is young, he is raw at times, but he does have potential and he give us something a wee bit different.”