Date: 2nd June 2007 at 5:13pm
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Hundreds of Dons fans have spoken on the latest Vital Aberdeen Poll which asked “Which Position Needs Strengthening The Most” and a very large majority of fans are united in thinking that Jamie Langfield is not good enough to be between the sticks for next season.

35% of all votes were for a new ‘keeper which certainly suggest that there are many who wish Jimmy Calderwood would turn his attention to finding not only a new number 1 but probably also a new deputy as if Derek Soutar can`t dislodge Clangers then how highly rated can he be?

The poll suggest that the fans are happy with the defensive line up for next season with the complete back four only getting a combined 7% vote. The new signings of McNamara, Lee Mair and Jonathan Kurrant seem to have convinced the Red Army that the back door will be shut pretty tight next season and Jimmy`s scouting trips should be focused on other areas.

That says a lot for Ricky Foster who has made the position his own ahead of Richie Byrne and Dan Smith even though he`s a converted winger and those two call the left back slot their career area. Ricky`s past history as an attacker is very useful at times and he has plenty pace to trouble the opposition. He also has a cannon like shot as he proved with his vital stunning goals against Hibs and Motherwell which put the icing on a tremendous season for the 21year old who is fast becoming a fans favourite.

The majority of Dons fans seem quite content too with the midfield and the abilities of Scott Severin, Barry Nicholson, Chris Clark, Karim Touzani and Chris Maguire although if there are any injuries then there is not much cover even with the addition of the versatile Jackie McNamara.

The poll suggests that along with a new ‘keeper, Jimmy should be working to bring in a new striker as a pretty high 23% of fans don`t think the combined talents of Darren Mackie, Steve Lovell, Craig Brewster and Lee Miller will be enough for Aberdeen to progress in the SPL and have a run in the cup tournaments, including of course the UEFA.

But with no money available for transfer fees, Calderwood will have to rely on these guys to do the business to generate extra funds for quality to be brought in and whilst Jimmy would love the chance to sign Craig Beattie or someone else of international standard, it`s not going to happen until the current squad move up the next level before, ironically, making way for new faces.

Luckily for Jimmy, they proved they are well on their way in that direction with the monumentous 2-0 victory over Rangers on the last day which showed they can handle the pressure and come up with the goods when the heat is really on and hopefully there will be plenty of that next season.

Full Poll Results:

Which Position Needs Strengthening For Next Season?

Goalkeeper 35%

Left Back 4%

Right Back 1%

Centre Half 2%

Left Midfield 3%

Right Midfield 1%

Centre Midfield 15%

Attacking Midfield 10%

Left Winger 5%

Right Winger 1%

Striker 23%

Thanks for voting and please take a second to cast your thoughts on the new poll which asks “What`s Most Important For Aberdeen Next Season?”.

What`s your opinion? Did you vote for a new goalie to be brought in or do you think Langfield can be moulded into a top class ‘keeper under the guidance of Jim Leighton?

Do you think the strike force currently available can get the goals required for the Dons to be challenging next season? If not, who would you realistically like to see brought in?

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