Kenny McLean was a wonderful player for Aberdeen during his three and half years in the Granite City. He starred for St Mirren too between 2010 and 2015, but it was at Pittodrie where he really shined.
Having been a Premiership regular for the best part of this century, McLean made 242 appearances for both the Buddies and the Dons, scoring 33 goals. He was a creative spark for the two teams, with his technical ability and creativity becoming a massive problem for sides who faced the midfielder. McLean had a great eye for goal too, highlighted by some of the strikes he found the net with in Scotland.
McLean signed for Norwich City last January and spent the last six months of the season at Pittodrie. The midfielder finally moved to Carrow Road in the Summer, but fitness and injury blighted his first five months in Canary colors.
He’s over that now though, and McLean is out to prove the doubters that wrote him off wrong. He returned to action at the start of January, and has two goals and two assists from his three starts.
Norwich are currently two points clear at the top of the Championship, thanks to McLean’s double against Bristol City at Carrow Road on Saturday. With that type of performance, could the former Aberdeen and St Mirren man help the Canaries reach the Premier League?
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There’s plenty of competition in the Norwich midfield, but now that McLean has proved his fitness , he could become a regular option for the Canaries. He has proven his versatility at Carrow Road. The midfielder has been deployed both as a deep lying playmaker and as a number 10 so far this term.
If his Bristol City performance is anything to by, McLean will be vital for Norwich in the last part of this season. His second goal against Bristol displayed everything the Scotsman is about. Winning the ball in midfield, McLean proceeded to fire home a stunning 25 yard strike into the bottom corner.
With an eye for goal and his ability to press opposition players into mistakes, the midfielder will prove himself to be a constant nuisance in both boxes during the final stretch of games this season. He’s late to the Norwich City party, but that won’t matter if he continues to make contributions to the side like the ones he made against Bristol City.
All of these attributes are things Aberdeen and St Mirren fans know too well. He showed it on countless occasions for his previous clubs over an eight year period. Both sets of fans will be buzzing with McLean’s progress.
The Scotsman is finally proving his worth down south. Despite his impressive resurgence, the best is yet to come from the former Premiership star.