‘He is a really good player and you don’t have to see much of him to tell that’ - Championship rival purring over Kenny McLean
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Kenny McLean will take the Championship by storm, insists a fellow Scot who shone in the second tier last season.
Sheffield United’s Paul Coutts was a key figure in the Blades’ impressive early surge under Chris Wilder, before a broken leg back in November ended his campaign.
The Aberdeen fan believes former Dons’ midfielder McLean will suit Daniel Farke’s style.
“I think he will do really well,” he said. “He’s a clever player and has a great left foot.
“We’ll have to see how he adapts but if he hits the ground running and carries on his form from Aberdeen I don’t see why he can’t do something similar to James Maddison.
“He clearly has all the ability, it’s just about how he settles into a new environment and a new area - all that comes into it. But footballing-wise he has a good chance of succeeding.
“I watch Aberdeen whenever they are on the television and he has been part of a really good midfield over the last few years. He will be a big miss for them.
“I don’t know him personally, but watching from afar as an Aberdeen fan you can tell he will be a huge miss.
“Hopefully he’ll do well down here in the Championship. He is a really good player and you don’t have to see much of him to tell that.
“It will be good to see how he gets on in the league, adapting to the tempo and the physicality. It will be a different environment for him.”
Coutts faced the Canaries in a feisty 1-0 league defeat at Bramall Lane in September.
“We had 80pc of the ball but we just couldn’t score,” said the 29-year-old, speaking to the Evening Express. “I’ve only seen a little bit of them last season, but they looked really good tactically and difficult to break down.
“They could suit Kenny’s style because of the way they play.
“They have some good players in their side, such as Maddison, and they will be looking to push back towards the top end of the division next season. Maddison had a great season and a few of the guys I played with knew him when he went up to Aberdeen.
“He showed glimpses up there and when he has come back to England he has taken it to the next level.
“There’s not much between sides in this division and it’s physical. Every ball is fought and scrapped for, and there are some really good players.”