Aberdeen reaction: Mighty Duk, worrying form of one player, Graeme Shinnie's influence behind scenes, Callum Davidson's swift exit
Miovski and Duk
Aberdeen’s two main attacking purchases during the summer were Bojan Miovski and Luis ‘Duk’ Lopez. While Duk, who arrived from Benfica’s B team, showed some flashes in his opening games with the Dons, it was Miovski who grabbed the limelight with plenty of early-season goals. However, the former MTK Budapest hitman is in a rut right now. He’s gone six games without a goal, has not scored from open play since October and looks low on confidence. His three missed chances against the Saints – all very scoreable – emphasised his struggles right now. His form is worrying. Conversely, Duk is buoyant and in excellent form. He took his two goals very well on Saturday and is now the darling of the Pittodrie faithful. Dynamic, powerful, composed and a willing worker, he has more strings to his bow than Miovski. As a poacher, the North Macedonian will still bag plenty of goals, but Duk looks like the player with the more potential.
The return of Shinnie
It was like he’s never been away. Wigan loanee Graeme Shinnie slotted seamlessly into Aberdeen’s midfield against St Johnstone and is the galvanising influence this team needs. There is no doubting the talent at manager Jim Goodwin’s disposal but he required a little bit more character and backbone in his team. Shinnie, a former club captain here, offers just that. Chatting to backroom staff at Aberdeen after this match, you could tell that the 31-year-old is already part of the furniture. He is a leader on and off the pitch, as well as a mighty fine Premiership player.
Davidson not impressed
St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson was clearly miffed at the defending for Aberdeen’s opener and, in particular, the contribution of Liam Gordon, who once again failed to deal with a long ball. When asked whether Gordon was subbed not long after due to injury, in only the second question of the media conference, Davidson’s reply was short. “I don’t know,” he said, before a brief smile. It caught the press-pack off-guard and with a momentary pause, Davidson was offski. Perhaps he had a dinner reservation to make.