For the rest of December, we’ll be profiling 20 of the most promising Scottish talents who we believe will have defining 2020’s. Next up is Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson.
By far the most experienced of any of the players we’ve profiled, Ferguson is a regular for Aberdeen these days. He’s made well over 50 appearances despite only being 20 and could hit 100 this term.
It’s a credit to him that so many have been made and another big year could beckon for him.
McInnes loves him
Penned to the Pittodrie club until 2024, Ferguson is one of many long-term projects Aberdeen are working on. He’s a talented midfielder full of skill and passion, with aggressive pressing and driving runs key elements of his game.
His attitude is top-notch and it has to be. For a youngster to make as many appearances as Ferguson has for such a big team is no mean feat. He’s obviously got the correct mentality to cope at a high level.
It’s earned him the praise of his boss Derek McInnes on many occasions, but perhaps his praise of the midfielder following a win over Hamilton in October was the most flattering.
“Lewis has come up with an important goal, but not only does he score very important goals for me, he’s scored some brilliant goals technically,” said McInnes of Ferguson.
“Tonight it was a brilliant finish. I think he can do everything, wherever you ask him. The first game he played was against Burnley. We had him and Graeme Shinnie as two number eight’s supporting Cosgrove.
“That’s where we thought we’d get the best of him and that’s still where I see him. Fergie’s been a huge player for me since he came in.”
Midfield injuries give Ferguson starring role
Since the summer, Ferguson has had to shoulder lots of Aberdeen’s midfield responsibility. Funso Ojo is only getting back to full fitness whilst Craig Bryson hasn’t really got going through injury problems.
It means Ferguson has had a lot of growing up to do in a short space of time. The first half of 2020 will likely be similar and by that point, Ferguson will be one of the Dons’ more experienced campaigners.
He’s the future of Aberdeen’s midfield and a man to build around. Whilst still in his formative football years, Ferguson is having to deal with lots of responsibility. More of that will come his way in 2020 and it’ll be interesting to see how he copes with it.
On the basis of 2019, he’s more than capable of doing so.