Is Sam Cosgrove the solution to Dons goal woes?


Sam Cosgrove playing for North Ferriby United in 2017. Credit: Mattythewhite

As an Aberdeen fan, there’s not much to look forward to when the season starts; aside from the occasional big name signing — I’m looking at you James Wilson — us Dandies are now resigned to accepting that we’ll finish second; always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

That was until Sam Cosgrove appeared on the scene; the 22-year-old, six-foot, blonde bombshell. Cosgrove doesn’t have the best record in England, with only one senior goal in 30 games which came against Crewe for League Two side Carlisle United in 2018.

Yet, his double against Hamilton Academical on January 23 took Cosgrove’s tally to 11 goals for the season, with nine in his last eight games. Only Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos stands in his way, with 12 goals so far.

Cosgrove didn’t get off to the best start in Scotland after receiving a red card for a lunging tackle on Celtic captain Scott Brown, on his debut for Aberdeen no less. Eight minutes in and Aberdeen fans were worried that manager Derek McInnes had traded one tall, blonde striker with a habit of red cards for another.

Sam Cosgrove seemed to be just like Jayden Stockley, who finished his career with Aberdeen in typical Stockley-style. In the 2017 Scottish Cup Final against Celtic, Stockley was accused of catching Celtic defender Kieran Tierney with an elbow, forcing Tierney to rush to hospital. On the flip side, Stockley seems to be scoring goals for fun down south, which recently earned him a big money move to Preston North End.

Cosgrove began his form with a double against St Mirren in October, after 10 games at the beginning of the season without finding the net. Five more games without a goal followed including a game against Rangers where two yellow cards resulted in a first-half sending off. That seemed to be the shock Cosgrove needed, resulting in the run of nine goals.

The current form of the striker hasn’t gone unnoticed with fans. There is now a momentum on Twitter, calling for Cosgrove to be nominated — and rightfully so — for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award. It first appeared on Twitter after Cosgrove scored his first Aberdeen goal, something which was laughed at by other fans. All it takes is a quick search on the social media site to see how passionate fans are, with mock-ups of Cosgrove accepting the award to fans singing his name.

I’m calling it now, Sam Cosgrove – Ballon d’Or winner 2020.

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