Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes recently confirmed that no further players would arrive at Pittodrie this summer, but do recent comments show that he may need an extra man?
He recently stated that the Dons have finished their summer shopping (Evening Express). Now in a recent interview, he has seemingly hinted at the Dons facing shortages in the defensive department if they aren’t at full strength.
McInnes told the Evening Express: “When you look at most clubs and if you make reference to Hibs and Hearts they carry at least eight or nine defenders.
“We are carrying seven and if everyone is fit that causes you a selection issue. A club like Aberdeen should have good options all over the pitch.”
Perhaps another centre-back would boost Aberdeen
Centre-back pairing Ash Taylor and Mikey Devlin have already suffered injuries this term. They’ve also received word that Scott McKenna will be out for at least three weeks with a hamstring injury (Press and Journal).
Even with Zak Vyner at the club, one injury in a defensive area for Aberdeen and it’s a big problem. Perhaps finding one more defender would ease some potential worries.
One of a similar mould to Vyner would be good. The Bristol City loanee can play at both right-back and centre-back, plus he probably won’t expect to play every game with the likes of Shay Logan, Devlin and McKenna ahead of him.
He is good cover though. McInnes should perhaps look to see if their is a player similar to that on the market.
The Dons boss has said nobody else will be coming in this summer, but perhaps it would be wise to bring in another versatile defender before the window shuts.