In an ideal world Dons boss Derek McInnes would love to have the finance to splash £1 million on a prolific striker – but can’t.
Splashing a seven-figure sum on a centre-forward is outwith McInnes’ budget and instead he will show faith in the strikers he already has at the club.
There may be scope to add to the strike-force in the January transfer window but only Celtic and Rangers can splash seven figures for goal scorers.
The Celts spent £9m to secure Odsonne Edouard from Paris St Germain and Rangers outlaid £1m for Alfredo Morelos from HJK Helsinki.
Both Edouard (13 goals) and Morelos (17 goals) have scored more goals than Aberdeen’s entire strike-force this season.
Prior to the 3-2 defeat of Livingston the Dons’ four strikers had netted just seven goals in all competitions. Sam Cosgrove raised that figure to eight by netting the equaliser.
McInnes insists his strikers have taken a “kicking” from critics but is confident they can deliver.
This week he challenged his centre-forwards to supply goals and the manager believes the two strikers he started against Livingston, Cosgrove and Stevie May, responded.
He said: “We have good players here and they need all the support they can get.
“Would we love to go and spend £1 million on a striker? Of course we would.
“However, we are working with young Bruce (Anderson) and young Sam (Cosgrove) who have loads of potential.
“Stevie (May) did everything but score (against Livingston) and we are trying to get him up and running again.
“James Wilson is recovering from a lot of injuries and has work to do to get up to the level of the player he is capable of being.
“We have got what we have got. We have to support our players and get behind them and show that faith and belief in them.”
McInnes recently admitted he failed to land up to six different striker signing targets during the summer because the Dons were priced out of the market.
Aberdeen made a £500,000 bid for Doncaster’s John Marquis but it was not enough to prise the striker away.
Marquis is already on 14 goals for the season for Doncaster.
In contrast Cosgrove’s goal against Livingston made him top scorer among the Reds strikers ahead of on-loan Manchester United striker Wilson (2), rising star Anderson (2) and £400,000 summer 2017 signing May (1).
McInnes said: “It is easy for people to give the strikers a kicking.
“They have taken a kicking and a lot of stick but Cosgrove gets a goal, mcginn gets a goal and May did everything but score.
“It was an outstanding performance from May.
“We tried to get more responsibility from them, to take ownership of their game and get more goals.
“They answered up against Livingston. It is important they answer up more often.
“While they are here they will get every support from me and should get every support from the crowd as they are our players.
“We are all as one and we are all trying to get the right thing going here.”
Another issue this season has been the delivery to the strikers from a creative midfield role.
Again McInnes insists it is expensive to replace players like Scotland caps Kenny McLean and Ryan Christie who produced that midfield spark.
McLean moved to Championship Norwich City in the summer and Christie returned to parent club Celtic following a loan spell and has been a stand-out performer for the Hoops this season.
McInnes said: “We have also been sometimes short of that number 10 player we had with Ryan Christie and Kenny McLean playing that role for us. These players cost money.
“Ideally we would like to go and spend more money on a number 10, more creative wide players, maybe a number nine.
“These players cost money so we will work with what we have got, try to keep improving the squad and keep giving game time to the young players.”