It was a good evening’s business for the Dons freshening up the squad with three new forwards to help enhance the flagging striking department.
Two notable aspects to come from yesterday’s business is the strikers coming in are all young and those that seemed to have grown stale and whose focus may have wandered away from the Dons cause have been moved on.
Ins: Kamberi (ST), Hornby (ST), Hendry (ST)
Florian Kamberi is 25, Callum Hendry 23 and Fraser Hornby 21 meaning the Dons have (hopefully) signed three young, energetic and hungry strikers. All three have joined the Dons on loan till the end of the season.
Kamberi and Hendry (son of Scot great Colin) have both got extensive experience of the Scottish game. Kamberi was a hit at Hibernian making 70 appearances and scoring 21 goals. Hendry made 68 appearances for St Johnstone in total and 22 appearances this term.
Most interesting is Fraser Hornby, the 6ft 5’ target man signed on loan from Reims. The tagline coming with Hornby is he’s the record topscorer for Scotland U-21s with 10 goals. Going past that what is impressive is two of those goals came against the Dutch U-21s.
Hornby did also make the Everton first team whilst at the Toffees, starting a Europa League tie in 2017.
Both Hornby and Hendry could be involved tonight against Livingston whilst Kamberi waits for a work permit.
What they said:
Fraser Hornby: “I’m delighted to be here, it was something I really wanted to do and when the opportunity came about I had it in my head that this was the place I could come and show what I’m about.”
Derek McInnes on Kamberi: “Florian has shown his quality in our league. Once we knew there was an opportunity to get him we pursued it vigorously.”
Callum Hendry: “Aberdeen’s a massive club. Even just coming in to take my medical and seeing the facilities, it’s amazing.”
Ross McCrorie is now officially a Dons’ player with Scott Wright going to Rangers. As part of the deal Aberdeen’s fee for McCrorie – due to be paid in the summer – was reduced from 350k to 150k.
The other ins were striker Michael Ruth being recalled from his loan spell with Arbroath and defenders Jack MacKenzie, Luke Turner and Conor Power being recalled from Forfar Athletic and Turriff United.
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Outs: Wright (Fwd), Main (ST), Cosgrove (ST), Anderson (ST)
Sam Cosgrove and Curtis Main both looked like they needed a fresh approach to reignite their careers after a paltry six goals between them this campaign.
Cosgrove has gone to Birmingham City for a nice sum of £2m while Main joined Shrewsbury Town.
It seems Main’s contract had to be cancelled by Aberdeen to facilitate the move according to the club’s website.
22-year-old forward Bruce Anderson went to Hamilton to continue his development.
Finally Scott Wright has completed his move to Rangers. That goes a long way to explaining why the striker was left out at Livi on Saturday. It seems that once the pre-contract was signed it was accepted that Wright would be making the move to Ibrox asap.
The move was probably accelerated by the reaction of a small section of Dons supporters wanting Wright gone as soon as he’d agreed to join Rangers.
The forward was born in Balmedie and came through the Aberdeen youth set-up breaking into the first team in 2014 aged 16. He scored six goals in fifty-eight appearances in total for the Dons.
Player to watch: Fraser Hornby
Kamberi’s proven scoring record could be a real game changer but in Hornby Aberdeen have got a young striker brimming with potential and at 6’5 he makes Sam Cosgrove (6’2) look positively small. Can see Hayes relishing whipping crosses into the new striker in the second half of the season.