Despite a promising summer, that is simply not the case for Aberdeen this season.
The Dons have now failed to win any of their last nine games and were belatedly sickened as they slipped to a late loss to Celtic on Sunday.
Pittodria’s men have now fallen to ninth place in the Premiership and their list of upcoming fixtures is daunting which again includes Hibs, Hearts, Rangers, Dundee United, Motherwell and Celtic.
Manager Stephen Glass has been heavily supported during the transfer window but so far it has not paid him dividends.
He’s recruited no less than 11 new faces – but how have they performed so far?
Here, Sport record Gordon Parks assesses recruits man by man.
Arrived with great fanfare with the dual role of player-coach and was a mainstay of the team, but failed to exercise the same authority on the pitch that was his hallmark at Celtic. A goal under his belt after 15 outings and a big miss when replacing his former team this weekend but the 36-year-old Brown remains a huge presence in the team. 7
Clearly he’s not a trusted defensive figure under Glass, as the former Motherwell man isn’t in favor of a team that can’t help but concede goals.
Injuries and an inability to hit the ground at a new club have meant his impact has been more than disappointing as he currently sits on the bench and steps away from the Scottish controversy. He cannot be happy with his lot right now. 4
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A striker who sums up Aberdeen’s start to the season as the Englishman continues to flatter to deceive. A goal against Raith Rovers is all he has to show in 14 appearances since arriving from Livingston and his pace of work is nowhere near enough to make up for his inability to find the net consistently. Struggling to stand out from Lions or shed his reputation as a companion. 4
Another player who looks a bit lost in a team that claims leaders. The 19-year-old from Brighton appears to be trying too hard to find his feet in the SPFL and his restricted playing time was not helped by a red card against St Mirren two weeks ago. A midfielder who has watched too many games miss him. 4
Signed from Atlanta United on a one-year contract, the 25-year-old has shown little to suggest he will be there for the long haul. Glass favors Calvin Ramsay, 18, right-back and Gurr was last seen playing for the Dons Under-20 team after a nightmare on the League Cup exit to Raith Rovers. 2
Seven goals in 21 appearances suggest Superman was one of the few successful rookies, but there are mobility issues with the American.
Knows how to find the target, but too many displays have been disappointing. Could be a key man if the Dons have to turn the corner, however. 7
It’s been a long wait for the 31-year-old Englishman to receive the gloves after Joe Lewis was dropped for the Celtic game and now is his time to shine. Has the pedigree to establish himself as No.1 and his display against the Hoops hasn’t hurt him. 7
On loan from Wolves and has yet to complete 90 minutes in an Aberdeen jersey. A little player side and another that will have fans who will question the recruitment and the quality targeted. Not up to par at this level. 3
The injuries affected the former Inverness playmaker’s time at the club, but an undoubted talent. The 30-year-old has only started once since arriving on a two-year contract in the final week of the summer transfer window and has been further hampered by a hamstring injury . The goals-to-game ratio throughout his career doesn’t suggest his return will open the floodgates, but the forward remains a decent operator. 3
The 21-year-old is another who failed to complete 90 minutes in his three outings for the Dons. Has not watched the role in any of his appearances and the Newcastle lender will have to show a lot more if he is to get the attention of Glass or his parent club. 4
This is typical of why Aberdeen’s season is likely to fall off a cliff as the confidence of the former Rangers and Hamburg defender appears to be eroded. Never convinced at this level and seemed uncomfortable in the heart of the backline and as a summer rookie this is a career last-ditch saloon after failures elsewhere. 4