Jonny will have a good time his thirty fifth birthday tomorrow, however he stays a key participant for the Dons and can have an enormous function to play within the new marketing campaign.
When he got here again to the membership from Celtic, he featured extra in a left-back function – however I’ve at all times believed you get essentially the most out of him if you play him in a complicated function.
Vicente Besuijen has caught the attention in pre-season for Aberdeen, however don’t underestimate the significance of Jonny Hayes for Jim Goodwin’s facet this season.
I feared the worst when Jack MacKenzie suffered an harm at Buckie within the membership’s first pre-season recreation, however Mason Hancock’s look at left-back at Brechin on Wednesday allowed Jonny to remain additional up the pitch.
He’s a wee buzzbomb of a participant who will run up and down the road all day lengthy for the trigger. He nonetheless has terrific tempo and the flexibility to stretch opposition defences which will likely be very important for his supervisor.
The tip product is perhaps inferior to it could possibly be, however make no mistake he’s a terrific participant who terrorises opposition full-backs.
I’m actually hoping we’ll see that Jonny on the wings once more this season.
It seemed as if we had been counting on our full-backs to supply that width final season, however there was promising indicators of intent and artistic choices out vast at Brechin with Matty Kennedy and Besuijen additionally contributing from the vast areas.
Coming a few weeks after the primary pleasant at Buckie Thistle, the sport at Glebe Park additionally highlighted how a lot sharper the workforce was.
That’s the reason the thrill is beginning to construct forward of Sunday’s Premier Sports activities Cup opener at Peterhead, and I’ll be making the quick journey as much as Balmoor Stadium to look at the workforce tackle Jim McInally’s facet.
The Blue Toon will make life troublesome for the Dons – however you’d count on Aberdeen to have sufficient of their locker, even with out Ylber Ramadani and Bojan Miovski, to begin the brand new marketing campaign with a win.
They need to be feeling good about themselves after seeing six gamers get on the scoresheet within the 7-1 win at Brechin on Wednesday.
I spoke to Neil Simpson on the membership about Ramadani and Miovski, and he informed me, placing their capability to at least one facet for a second, each have a superb work ethic.
That was music to my ears as that’s precisely what we’d like within the workforce after final season.
I’d be mendacity if I stated I noticed that from the 11 gamers on the pitch week in, week out final season.