Dundee United attacker Fraser Aird is a confident player and rightly so with the Canadian international playing a part in two thirds of all goals scored since Robbie Neilson took charge at Tannadice. However, Aird, who time and again has set goals up for teammates, sees a bigger picture than just personal glory.
“I think even before (Robbie Neilson’s appointment) that I was involved in a few goals,” he said.
“I’ve been having a good season, but I want it to continue, I want to keep pushing myself.
“I want to keep doing as well as I can and at the end of the day it’s about getting three points.
“Personal stats are always good, it means you are doing well, but at the end of the day I want the team to do well and I want to get Dundee United back into the Premiership.”
Aird’s form has understandably pleased Neilson with the United boss describing his in-form star as “exceptional”. When asked about a possible Scottish Championship Player of the Month award for November, Aird admitted that he hopes the SPFL judges consider him.
“Yeah, I hope so,” admitted Aird.
“As I said, personal achievements and personal goals and all that are always good but end of the day for me it’s always about the team.”
Analysis – by Grant McKenzie
Fraser Aird has been one of the best signings for Dundee United so far this season and credit has to go to Csaba Laszlo for that decision in much the same way as the ex-United boss’s signing of Pavol Safranko.
Funnily enough, Aird’s form feels to me as if it has been slightly under the radar in terms of plaudits. When you speak to Aird there is a sense he doesn’t mind that one bit and when you watch him play you sense it is not a platitude.
Aird is remarkably unselfish for an attacking player. Some would say he may even be too unselfish at times, but to have someone with the quality of delivery he possesses willing to create for others, and so successfully too, can prove invaluable as the season progresses and United mount a title challenge.
The defence also deserve plaudits. As Robbie Neilson himself says: “We defend together, we attack together, we are all part of it together.” The platform they provide, with only four goals conceded in six games, gives the forward players like Aird something to build upon, free from the pressure that missed chances might prove costly.
If any player personifies what Neilson is building it may well be Aird who exemplifies team ethic and the newfound confidence at Tannadice.
For my money, Aird has to be a strong candidate for November Player of the Month and certainly won’t be doing his chances of a Canada recall any harm either.