Ryan Edmondson believes departing Dons defender Scott McKenna has all the attributes needed to be a success in England.
McKenna is in Nottingham to discuss a move to Championship club Nottingham Forest and on-loan Leeds United attacker Edmondson is convinced the Scotland international will be a success in English football.
He said: “He is very good on the ball, very vocal and he is a big guy.
“It will suit his style down there. Forest are a big club and has a big history.
“I do hope he can have a good run of games and he will smash it.”
While McKenna prepares for pastures new Edmondson insists the Dons have the quality to fill the void left by the 23 year-old.
He said: “Scott is a great guy and he takes everybody who comes in under his wing.
“If he does go then he will be missed 100 percent but I am sure he will smash it wherever he goes.
“He is a top player and guy and we wish him all the best and hopefully we can adapt around him leaving.
“We definitely have the players to fill the spot and to carry on with what we have been doing.”
The post-McKenna era made a stuttering start on Sunday as the Dons shipped three goals in the opening 20 minutes in a 3-0 home loss to Motherwell.
The defeat brought Aberdeen’s six-game winning run to a screeching halt but Edmondson has backed the Dons to bounce back.
He said: “We got off to a sloppy start and coming into the second half 3-0 down we gave ourselves a mountain to climb.
“It was difficult but there are a few positives. But with the games coming thick and fast you can’t be too downhearted.
“We have to learn from it, move on and get back to winning ways.”
McInnes let his players know their performance was not good enough and Edmondson knows the team must make amends.
He said: “It is part of the job for a manager. They have to be like that and it all boils down to win.
“If we are giving away three valuable points then he has every right.
“We can learn from that and bounce back as we have done with our previous results before this.”
Edmondson, who made his return to action after six weeks out with an ankle injury as a second half substitute on Sunday, knows the Dons have to regroup quickly as they travel to Lisbon to face Sporting Clube de Portugal in the Europa League on Thurday.
He said: “We will look at the mistakes. Thursday is a massive night for all of us and hopefully, we can put Sunday behind us with a new mindset and new game.
“We will go to Lisbon and do what we do. We will take the game to them and compete all over the pitch. Hopefully, we can get a couple of goals and come away with a win.”