How many goals and assists has he offered us?
I'll bite once more. Already commented on in the previous two posts. Again 5 goals for Cosgrove is certainly not an insurmountable target in his next 18 matches. As for assists, Cosgrove currently possesses 1 (came against Burnley in the Europa league) compared to Stockley's 3 during his time with Aberdeen.
In his 9 appearances for Aberdeen, Cosgrove has also largely featured against top six opposition (including two against Celtic) and 2 matches against arguably the strongest opposition (Burnley) we've played to date under DM in the Europa League. I personally felt Cosgrove played an integral part in us finishing 2nd with his performances in the top six split fixtures. I'd also like to point out that with the inclusion of Hibs and a stronger The Rangers side the league overall was much more competitive last season than the previous season in which Stockley featured - i.e. Cosgrove came up against much better opposition in the few fixtures he's played than Stockley ever did.
As for Stockley, he scored his 4 domestic goals for Aberdeen against the following SPL teams: Dundee (certainly not as strong as the Dundee side Cosgrove faced on Saturday), Kilmarnock (Lee McCulloch was manager), Partick Thistle (x 2) and Ross County. In the Europa League, he scored 1 goal against Ventspils arguably one of the weakest opponents we've played against in the Europa league under DM.
On the basis of that, I'd like to see how Cosgrove gets on against SPFL lower league opposition and has featured in 27 matches for Aberdeen before comparing his stats with that of Stockley. One argument of debate I will maintain is my opinion that Cosgrove despite his lack of goals and assists, has still at the very least performed better and offered more against the top half of the SPL and against stronger opposition in Europe than Stockley ever did. Therefore my opinion that he has offered more than Maynard and Stockley still stands.
Edited by CalgaryDon, 13 August 2018 - 12:30 PM.