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Aaron Hickey: The Young Scottish Full-Back In Demand

Aaron Hickey’s stunning goal against Sassuolo made the Scotsman more noticeable, and his performance against the Serie A club was nothing short of impressive.

Having been discarded for the Hearts of Midlothian from Celtic’s youth system, Hickey’s persistence to create his own path seems to be paying off after parting ways with the Hearts of Scotland. Bologna’s manager, Sinisa Mihajlovic will be keen on keeping a tight hold of this Scottish youngster in the Serie A, with AC Milan and Aston Villa reported to have shown interest, with watching from the sidelines.

Hickey’s football journey started with Hearts before leaving for a spell at the Celtic Academy as a youth player. However, he returned to Tynecastle, where a first-team play was assured, in 2019 as was unable to break into the Celtic pro team.

Playing as an attacking left-back, Hickey, at the time, was praised for his intelligence on the ball having made the Hearts’ starting line-up. He made his first debut for The Jam Tarts during the 2018/19 campaign in the SPL, as he was subbed on in a game against Aberdeen. He went on to appear in the Scottish Cup Final against Celtic in the same season, even though his team lost the game he was still able to drop a good performance.

His attacking prowess in Serie A has seen him receive several praises from plaudits of the league. He has been able to bag four goals in Serie A this season.

During his play with the Hearts of Midlothian, he was only able to score a goal in 22 games. However, that goal was scored in the Edinburgh Derby with only a final few minutes left till the end of the game. That goal decided the outcome of the game, becoming a late winner.

Just like every other club trying to protect their player, Bologna will try to rebuff all clubs trying to steal their youngster away from them. Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, Celtic and Aston Villa have been reported to be interested in the player.

Before signing for Bologna in September 2020, the youngster was wanted by Bayern Munich and other top clubs in Europe, but the left-back remained unfazed by the offers as he had a goal in mind. And that seems to be paying off for the young Scottish just like the games we play on to predict the outcome of a certain action.

Ever since his arrival at the Serie A club, the Scotsman has been impressive with his ability to transition to the centre of the park drawing media comparisons with several top midfielders.

Becoming Bologna’s number 3 saw him nominated for the Golden Boy award in 2021 following his impressive performance for the club. Now, clubs are lining up in hopes of acquiring his services.

With attacking fullbacks being in high demand in football in the last few years, it’s no surprise that clubs are lining up for the Scottish youngster considering the impressive performance he has been displaying.

Pep Guardiola is also reported to be a fan of Hickey despite having Joao Cancelo. If the Scottish fullback continues to develop at this pace, then we might just be experiencing a bidding war for Hickey amongst the top clubs of Europe with a reluctant Bologna.



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