Boss Derek McInnes is confident striker James Wilson will become a star goalscorer for the Dons this season.
The 24-year-old has been hampered by a hamstring injury since signing on loan from Manchester United.
However, Wilson has returned to training this week and is in contention to face Motherwell at Pittodrie on Saturday.
The former Under-21 England international has featured just once for the Dons since arriving from Old Trafford, as a second-half substitute in the 1-1 draw at Hibs on August 25. He was ruled out of the previous two games against Kilmarnock (2-0 loss) and St Johnstone (1-1).
Aberdeen have struggled in front of goal and have netted just four times in the opening five league games.
Having transferred leading scorer Adam Rooney to English fifth-tier Salford City, Wilson was drafted in to provide a goal threat.
McInnes is confident he can deliver.
He said: “James is such an important player for us and I have no doubt that in time he will go on to show that.
“He will make a big impact for us this season.
“We feel James is capable of being that star player for us this season and I am sure he will go on to prove that.”
So far this season Aberdeen’s four recognised centre-forwards have scored just two goals.
Stevie May, a £400,000 signing from Preston last summer, netted in the 4-0 League Cup defeat of St Mirren.
Pittodrie youth academy graduate Bruce Anderson came off the bench to score an injury-time equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Rangers in the league opener.
Former Carlisle striker Sam Cosgrove has yet to score in competitive action for the Reds over 13 games since signing in January this year.
Wilson made his only appearance for the Dons to date when coming off the bench in the 72nd minute against Hibs.
McInnes admits it has been a frustrating start for the striker who was one of his main signings during the summer and took on the No9 shirt vacated by Rooney – the first Dons striker since the club’s record scorer Joe Harper to net 20 goals or more in three successive seasons.
“It has been so frustrating for James,” said McInnes.
“When we first signed James we said it was important that he get off to a good start in light of some of the injuries he has had and some not so successful loans.”
Wilson was one of eight players ruled out through injury or suspension for the 1-1 draw at St Johnstone at the weekend.
Also out were Lewis Ferguson (knee), Mark Reynolds (knee), Tommie Hoban (shoulder), Scott Wright (ankle), Frank Ross (back) and Greg Tansey (groin).
Mikey Devlin was suspended but will return to face Motherwell.
Ferguson remains a doubt for Saturday’s league clash.
Wilson spent the second half of last season at Championship Sheffield United, scoring once in nine appearances.
A loan spell the previous season was derailed when Wilson suffered damage to his anterior cruciate ligament.
He had made an explosive start to his Manchester United senior career when scoring two goals in his first appearance – a 3-1 defeat of Hull City in 2014 under interim boss Ryan Giggs.
The following season then Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal hailed Wilson as “one of the brightest young English prospects” before handing him a four-year deal until summer 2019.
With his contract up at the end of the summer Wilson recently admitted his loan switch to Pittodrie was make or break.
Wilson went on to feature 20 times for Manchester United and scored four goals.
McInnes had made securing a goalscoring striker a priority during the summer transfer window and had a bid for Doncaster’s John Marquis rejected.
A move for Eoin Doyle also fell through as the striker moved from Preston to Bradford City.
McInnes is convinced he has a goalscorer in Wilson.
He said: “Getting that additional striker in was so important.
“It was probably the most important position we had to try to recruit in. Unfortunately James has been injured but it is not through want of trying as he is desperate to play his part.”