Guy Melamed believes Or Dadia has an action-oriented style that will make him a firm favorite in Aberdeen.
The Dons have loaned the Israel international for a season with an option to purchase from Hapoel Be’er Sheva. Manager Barry Robson will be hoping for international clearance to make Dadia his first appearance when Aberdeen travel to Charlton on Saturday for their final pre-season friendly. Ex-St Johnstone striker Melamed, now at Bnei Sakhnin, has played his compatriot many times and believes he is tailor-made for the Scottish game. He said: “Or is a player with a lot of potential. He played with one of the top teams in Israel for Hapoel Be’er Sheva, where he also played in the group stage of the Europa League.
“He’s a very tough player and strong defensively. I’ve played against him a few times. He’s really a right-back. That’s where he played most of his football in Israel. I’d classify him more as a defensive full-back, but he can also come forward and join the attack. Another strong point is that he’s good in the air.
“He may not be the tallest, but he jumps well and is aggressive. He will do well in Scotland. It is very suitable for Scottish football because it is strong and robust. Dadia has those qualities in abundance.”
Dadia will bolster Aberdeen’s defense and also provide Nicky Devlin with competition in the right-back area. Melamed knows the Reds have signed a player who is used to the big opportunity and has essential European group stage experience. He was involved in last season’s Europa Conference League games against Austria Wien, Villarreal and Lech Poznan.
Aberdeen can look forward to something similar as they enter the Europa League play-off round next month. Melamed said: “Dadia is used to playing under pressure. He was on one of the biggest teams in Israel, alongside Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi Tel Aviv, and there was always the expectation that they would win leagues or cups and do well in Europe.
“He has the confidence and experience of playing in Europe. Dadia has good experience at that level. I know Aberdeen will play in the group stage for the first time and he could be a big player for them as he has been there and done that.”
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