New signing Adil Nabi is desperate to show he can be part of the solution to Dundee’s goals problem as he hopes to make a scoring impact for the Dark Blues.
The former West Bromwich Albion youngster was signed last week on a six-month deal and his new manager Neil McCann already saying he thinks Nabi “could be pretty special in the final third”.
After leaving Peterborough at the end of last season, the 24-year-old joined the Dark Blues on their pre-season trip to Portugal, scoring a fine goal in the 3-2 friendly defeat to SC Farense.
He had to sit and watch from the bench as his new team went down 2-1 at St Mirren last weekend but he’s hoping to get his chance to shine today against Aberdeen at Dens Park.
He said: “The result didn’t go our way last week and we’re obviously gutted but it was good to see the game, see what the standard is like and feel the atmosphere.
“We can take positives out of last week’s game and into tomorrow’s game against Aberdeen.
“On another day, the boys will put some of those chances away.
“With any striker, they go through phases where everything you touch goes in and other days you try everything and it just won’t go in.
“That’s part of my game as well, to score goals, but I just want to get out there and play really.
“I want to make an impact and help and when those chances do come I’m there to take them.
“I want to help create chances, too, and I’m looking forward to it – this is an exciting time.
“I like to play attacking, exciting football and make things happen.
“I think the hardest thing in football is to score goals and I like to do that, so, if I can help in that area, it’ll be fantastic.
“I’m just looking forward to getting involved and really itching to get out there.”
The former England U/17 international has had a stop-start career after leaving West Brom as a youngster following 14 years at the Hawthorns. He never made a first-team appearance despite academy manager Mark Harrison comparing him to Saido Berahino in terms of talent and finishing ability back in 2015.
Nabi left Albion to join League One side Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee.
Only eight league appearances followed, however, before he left London Road.
Now, though, he’s just keen to play, even if it meant signing a short-term deal.
He added: “It’s a chance for me to play and, to be honest, I feel it’s a great platform, a great club.
“The way the gaffer likes to play football suits me perfectly and a six-month deal is perfect just to play and concentrate on my football, get my head down.
“I feel fresh and ready.”
Today’s opponents Aberdeen have won the last nine meetings between the sides but Nabi insists that means nothing.
“Records like that are there to be broken and we’ll go in with a cool head and execute the plan we’ve been working on throughout the week.
“Aberdeen are a big club and finished second the last couple of seasons but, on our day, we can beat anyone. I saw some of the games last season and the boys played teams off the park but obviously we’ve lacked in the final third.”
Nabi is also delighted to be part of an exciting time in Scottish football as the league goes from strength to strength.
He added: “As you can see there are loads of players coming from down south to play in the SPFL and managers like Steven Gerrard, too, coming here brings that much more exposure.
“It shows Scottish football is a big, big part of the British game now and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”