Kenny McLean is the real deal, purrs Dons’ boss
PUBLISHED: 15:09 21 March 2018 | UPDATED: 07:54 22 March 2018
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Norwich City have got the complete midfielder in Kenny McLean.
McLean sealed a Carrow Road move back in January before returning to Aberdeen until the end of the current campaign.
The 26-year-old is currently part of Alex McLeish’s first Scotland squad for upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary, after earning his first cap earlier this season.
Dons’ chief Derek McInnes has admitted the time is right for McLean to take the next step in his career, after emerging as one of the best north of the border.
“I would have loved to have worked with him longer.
“I said that at the start of the season, when we were trying to get him to commit,” he said. “There comes a point for Kenny where he needs to develop again.
“He needs to, like he did when he left St Mirren, kick on again to the next stage.
“He can still score more goals and that is something we have spoken about.
“Wherever I play him whether it be six, eight or 10 he always brings a level of performance.
“The biggest thing is that he always takes responsibility. He demands the ball even in difficult positions and even his running statistics are all through the roof.
“No one works harder than Kenny McLean to try to get a result for us on a Saturday.”
McLean has forged a reputation as a match-winner at Pittodrie.
“He has now become for us what he was at St Mirren.
“He has become dependable for me and if he is at the top of his game he can be the difference between winning and losing,” said McInnes, speaking to the Press and Journal.
“Technically, he has always been a very good player. At St Mirren he was their best player and he played the game a lot of the time as their main man.”
McLean’s focus in the coming days is to impress his new national boss McLeish, in a squad that also features Norwich club mate Grant Hanley.
“For me it’s a very proud moment and everybody involved in the squad will tell you the same thing,” he said.
“Representing your country is the pinnacle and it’s something I want to do more in the future, starting now.
“It’s what every Scottish player wants really. It’s excellent to be involved with your country and I’m delighted.”