Only brief glimpses have been caught of our ex- England under 21 international forward since his move from Darlington in the summer but the reputation of the Windass-like Englishman has made him an almost instant cult-hero. His reputation as an aggressive, physical forward was heightened by his debut clash with Mark Reynolds. His bizarre handball and subsequent red card have seen Wright drift, not particularly graciously, from the action. However an article in the Evening Express in which Calderwood warns the fans his £75000 signing will not be fit before Christmas has led to much disappointment and confusion within the red army.
For a start, did Aberdeen not delay the signing of Wright for up to a week to ensure he was fully fit? If this was the case why is it now true that we the fans will be paying for his wages for six months, while he struggles to find fitness?
To me this signing seems another complete misjudgement from Calderwood. He told the Evening Express prior to Wright`s signing:
“I will sign another striker and you can be sure he will not come here to sit on the bench”
As usual, Calderwood lied. Wright has sat on the bench. It seems to me as if Calderwood has been under pressure to sign a striker, has run out of other options, has panicked and decided to take a gamble, £75000 worth of gamble infact, and has signed Wright. This brings me to my next question: If there were doubts over Wright`s fitness why offer him a 3 year contract while others such as Charlie Mulgrew can only be afforded two year deals? What if he constantly struggles to find fitness and two years down the line he is still stuck on our wage bill? I don`t doubt Wright`s ability and very much welcome his passion but for me Calderwood has a lot to answer for on this one.