Derek McInnes wants Welsh winger Ryan Hedges to be his difference-maker at Aberdeen.
The winger arrived in the summer from Barnsley and has shown flashes of his quality in Aberdeen’s three Europa League games so far.
Gary Mackay-Steven’s departure to New York City left a vacancy for a wide player and McInnes moved quickly to secure Hedges, who has made three appearances for the Wales national team.
McInnes said: “He is somebody who I want to be more than a good player. I want him to make the difference to my team.
“When I met him at the end of last season, I was keen to try and look for improvements in his game.
“Those improvements for me are about having more impacts on the team and helping us to get results.
“I want him to be a goalscorer, a maker and to be relevant in the final third.
“He has a great delivery and we have always had good wide players who contribute, guys like McGinn, Gary Mackay-Steven and Hayes who got or get into double figures.
“We have had wide players who contribute and we want Ryan to do the same. We not only want him to be a good footballer but we want more. He has a lot of power and pace and it is all about him showing what he has in his game time and time again.”
The 24-year-old filled in at left-back in the second half of the Chikhura Sachkhere game in Tblisi, following an injury to Ash Taylor.
Dons boss McInnes hopes the club can benefit from his versatility.
He said: “He can play anywhere.
“I actually think he has the pace and power to play No. 9 at times as well. Predominantly, he has been a wide player on the right or off the left.
“He is more of a goal threat coming off the right because it naturally gets him closer to the goal. A couple of performances on the left for Wales have also been very good so he gives us good versatility.
“When you see him running without the ball and all the work we do in terms of training that he has a great stride and a lovely running style.
“He has loads in the tank and is a powerful boy and we want to see that as well as the stop-start stuff.
Hedges made his international debut against Panama in 2017 and has three caps to date.
Should he impress at Pittodrie, the platform is there for him to earn a regular international berth.