Who is Aaron Hickey? - The Scot abroad impressing in Serie A

Martin Macdonald
Aaron Hickey, Bologna

Unlike most young Scottish players, Aaron Hickey didn’t decide to test his ambition with a move to English football when he decided to leave Hearts in 2020.

Instead, the young full-back opted for Serie A side Bologna, as he took off on the path less travelled and hoped to develop his talents in Italian football.

Now, one year on from his departure from Scotland, Hickey is quickly making a name for himself on the continent and big clubs are beginning to take notice.

What position does Hickey play in?

Hickey plays as a left-back, but he can also feature on the opposite flank and even in defensive midfield.

How good is Hickey?

Hickey is viewed as one of the most promising defenders to come through Scottish football in years.

He made his senior debut for Hearts in the second-last game of the 2018/19 Scottish Premiership season, coming on as a substitute against Aberdeen, and a few weeks later became the youngest player in 11 years to feature in a Scottish Cup final as Hearts played Celtic.

Hickey is noted for intelligence on the ball as well as his athleticism and has been compared to fellow Scottish left-back Andy Robertson.

"Even though he currently plays as a left-back, former Hearts boss Craig Levein suggested his talents could be better suited to midfield, saying: "He's got really good defensive qualities but I don't know if he'll end up being a full-back, he might end up going back into midfield.

"He could be a fantastic holding midfielder with his great awareness of danger and his ability to get out of tight situations with the ball at his feet."

His composure on the ball is one of the reasons why many see him as a future midfielder, though he does utilise this quality at left-back too.

Hickey's development has not been without its hitches, though, as he and the entire Bologna team were reprimanded for their defending in a defeat against Inter.

However, he has apparently recovered from a small period of bad press and again looks to be playing with freedom.

What clubs are interested in Hickey?

In the summer of 2020, Hickey was strongly linked to Celtic, Bayern Munich, Lyon and Aston Villa.

It would be Bologna who pressed hardest for him, however, and the move was confirmed in September of 2020.

If he continues to improve in Italy, then it is likely he will earn a move back to the United Kingdom and the Premier League.

That return to the UK will most likely come in the form of Villa, who the Scottish Sun report are keeping close tabs on the young defender and could make a serious offer next summer.

When does Hickey's contract expire?

Hickey has a contract until 2024.

How old is Hickey?

Hickey was born on 10 June 2002. He is 19.

What is Hickey's height?

Hickey is 175cm, or around 5ft 7in.

What is Hickey's weight?

Hickey weighs 64 kilograms, or around 10 stone.

What football boots does Hickey wear?

Hickey wears adidas X 18.1 soccer cleats.

What is Hickey's Instagram?

Hickey's Instagram has 29k followers as of October 2021.

Who is Hickey's girlfriend?

Hickey is not currently dating anyone publicly.