Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove was just pipped by Glasgow Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos as the top goalscorer for the 2018-19 season.

The Colombian Gers star went on to complete his 30 goals for the Ibrox outfit – very few strikers hit that 30 mark.

Cosgrove was only beaten to the league award by Morelos scoring that one goal against Kilmarnock on the drastic plastic pitch of Rugby Park on the last day of the campaign.

Running Morelos so close to the award this season probably proves that young Cosgrove could be worth taking a chance with.

Englishman Cosgrove has come a long way since his humble beginnings – especially when you compare his very average football pedigree.

Brought up in Cheshire, he began his youth career at Everton before he signed scholarship forms at Wigan in 2013.

He had spells on loan at lowly Barrow, Chorley and North Ferriby United before he made his Wigan debut against Oldham in August 2016.

His goalscoring ability and talent definitely didn’t shine through at Wigan, and was released at the end of season 2016-17 after only playing once.

In August 2017 Cosgrove signed for Carlisle on a free transfer and appeared in eight league games, and scored his only goal against Crewe.

On 31 January 2018, on the last day of the transfer period, Derek McInnes decided to take a punt on his chances of doing well at Aberdeen.

After a disastrous start to his Dons career by being sent off in the 2-0 loss to league leaders Celtic, he started to score goals and he hasn’t looked back since.

After scoring a number of goals in December 2018, he was awarded, ‘Scottish Premiership player of the month’.

The 6ft 3 inch centre forward finished the season with an amazing total of 21 goals.

Cosgrove scored 17 league goals in 35 games and added another four goals in Aberdeen’s Scottish cup semi-final run, in his first full season.

His future looks to be very bright at the Pittodrie club, and in January 2019, Cosgrove signed a contract extension until 2022 with the Dons.

This is the only season since turning professional that he has gained any success as a regular goalscorer. Will he become a one-season wonder?

If Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is interested in bringing him to Ibrox in the future, I suggest he should keep an eye on him to see if he can do it consistently.


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