Aberdeen have been handed a massive boost as they look to keep Gary Mackay-Steven at Pittodrie.
MLS side New York City were interested in signing the winger, who has yet to pen a new deal with Derek McInnes’ side. A change in formation and results, however, may see them drop their interest according to American journalist Glenn Crooks.
Crooks has been covering the Pigeons since their expansion in 2015. He doesn’t believe the club will be looking for players like Mackay-Steven anymore.
Speaking to the Press and Journal, Crooks said: “I doubt that New York City still has an interest and the reasoning could be part current personnel and part system.
“New York City is unbeaten in its last eight matches – ever since changing from a four back to a three back system – essentially from a 4-3-3 to a 3-4-3.
“Consequently, the current personnel and the change in system would probably negate the need for a winger.
“However, if the club feels he can come in and be a primary goal scorer, they will always covet that.”
When will Mackay-Steven get his big move?
The 28-year old’s season has been disrupted by injury. He started just 19 league games for the Dons and scored four times. We never really seen the best of him as injuries took their toll.
A move to the MLS would have been massive for him. The lifestyle, the money, the chance to play football in an exciting league. It seemed like a great opportunity for the winger. Dons fans couldn’t have begrudged him if he did decide to move to the US.
New York City haven’t lost in nine games, following a switch to a 3-4-3. The way that they utilise this means wingers are forced to play inside more. Factor in the physical demands of having to do defensive work, Mackay-Steven would struggle in this role.
He’ll be 29 in August. After a move to Celtic ended sourly, this would have been another big chance. Now it looks set to sail past him, when will his next big opportunity come?
Staying at Aberdeen is not a bad thing. He’ll play football when fit and will be able to showcase his undoubted talent. For Mackay-Steven, however, the chances to take big leaps like this will start to come less and less as he gets older.
For the Dons though this will be a good development. If they can get him fit, Mackay-Steven offers creativity and pace on the flanks, something they desperately need.
He’ll be like a new signing if he pens a new deal and returns fully fit in the summer.