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Laws on Big Kev-Former Gaffer on Former Player!

22 year old midfielder Kevin McDonald was released by Burnley at the end of the 2010/11 season. A successful trial followed at League 1, Sheffield United leading to a one year contract and he made his début against Brentford on 13 August 2011. McDonald though had a pretty torrid time at Turf Moor following the departure of Owen Coyle during our Premier League season culminating in a spat with replacement gaffer, Brian Laws.

McDonald was disciplined after he chucked a wobbly and disappeared down to the KCS 110 club at half-time during the game against Manchester City at Turf Moor. The story goes that his father who was in the club told his son to get a grip and sent him back to the club a few minutes later but the damage had already been done. He had been substituted after a disastrous 45 minutes by the team in which we went into the break already 5-0 down and appeared to be somewhat aggrieved by the decision. The match would finish 6-1 in City`s favour and it would also effectively finish Big Kev`s career at Burnley!

Last season, Laws dispatched him out on loan to Scunthorpe for a month in October 2010 and it would soon be Laws who would be dispatched after being sacked by the Board following ironically a shocking performance and 2-0 home defeat at home against The Iron in December 2010! The new gaffer Eddie Howe effectively wiped the slate clean on his arrival and was prepared to give McDonald another chance but opportunities were limited and another loan followed in February 2011 when he signed for Notts County until the end of the season. The decision was made in the summer though to release McDonald and he left without too much concern from the fans! There is no doubt he is a talented prospect but he simply failed to deliver and seemed to have his mind elsewhere following the departure of Coyle. He will always be remembered though for the damage he inflicted on Arsenal in the Carling Cup Quarter Final clash at Turf Moor back in December 2008. We beat the Gunners young talent 2-0 and both goals were scored by Kevin McDonald!

So how well will McDonald perform for the Blades? Well former gaffer, Brian Laws has been giving his views on the prospect and been quite positive about his chances suggesting United boss, Danny Wilson could be the boss to resurrect McDonald`s career.

Speaking to the Sheffield Telegraph he said:

"Kevin has everything in his locker to be a top player.

"He`s very, very talented. It`s just a case of unlocking that potential and maybe Danny Wilson will be the man to do it.

"Kevin can be anything he wants to be in the game. He`s big, strong, can handle the ball in any situation and get a goal.

"The trouble is that he hasn`t produced on a more consistent basis. One of the weaknesses is that he he switches off at times - and that`s not great for your team. He can let a runner go from midfield, for instance.

"But I know Kevin`s been working on that and if he can get that part of his game right then he certainly has the skill to go higher. He can manipulate the ball so well, see a pass. There`s flair in his game. And he`s still young enough to iron out any flaws and develop his talent."

So what do Clarets fans think about McDonald`s chances, could he eventually make it and remedy the past faults both in terms of mental attitude and consistency on the pitch? Let us have your views below this article.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 25 2011

Time: 8:40AM

Your Comments

Only 10 % of fans ( according to this poll) think that 2 incoming players will be enough !!
hollinsclaret
Only 10 % of fans ( according to this poll) think that 2 incoming players will be enough !!
hollinsclaret
?? Did you post that one on wrong thread HC?
turfmanphil
?? Did you post that one on wrong thread HC?
turfmanphil
not really bud you know me unconventional if nowt else, post anywhere me, it irritates couch and we like that don't we LOL
hollinsclaret
not really bud you know me unconventional if nowt else, post anywhere me, it irritates couch and we like that don't we LOL
hollinsclaret
Hollins's posting is indeed reminiscent of BigKev's positional play. Does anyone have stats on who gave Kev more PL starts, Coyle or Laws? My money would be on Laws.
Couch Potato
Hollins's posting is indeed reminiscent of BigKev's positional play. Does anyone have stats on who gave Kev more PL starts, Coyle or Laws? My money would be on Laws.
Couch Potato
For once i agree with what Laws said, Big Kev was a big disappointment in my eyes as he could have made a name for himself at Burnley. The two goals he scored against Arsenal will be the reason i will remember and thank him for, Going to the 110 club at halftime against city wasn't his downfall imo it was the fact he didn't show enough consistency.
Totally_Claret
For once i agree with what Laws said, Big Kev was a big disappointment in my eyes as he could have made a name for himself at Burnley. The two goals he scored against Arsenal will be the reason i will remember and thank him for, Going to the 110 club at halftime against city wasn't his downfall imo it was the fact he didn't show enough consistency.
Totally_Claret
I don't think it's any big secret that he frustrated coaches because he just couldn't retain that concentration that good players need for 90 minutes +. He too quickly believed all the hype and has paid the price..... I thought he was ace for quite some time and believed he would get better but he took a nose dive imo.
VinRogue
I don't think it's any big secret that he frustrated coaches because he just couldn't retain that concentration that good players need for 90 minutes +. He too quickly believed all the hype and has paid the price..... I thought he was ace for quite some time and believed he would get better but he took a nose dive imo.
VinRogue
Strong young and powerful could probably add something to the current squad I think we lack a physical side at the moment
hollinsclaret
Strong young and powerful could probably add something to the current squad I think we lack a physical side at the moment
hollinsclaret
I once walked out off work once, all the Textile crafts men were on strike I was not allowed to strike as I was an apprentice, The boss had me doing all their work keeping the mill going. So after a few days I walked out, went back next day, We do stupid things when we are young, Hope Mac has learnt his lesson and will become a decent player.
Grimsby Claret
I once walked out off work once, all the Textile crafts men were on strike I was not allowed to strike as I was an apprentice, The boss had me doing all their work keeping the mill going. So after a few days I walked out, went back next day, We do stupid things when we are young, Hope Mac has learnt his lesson and will become a decent player.
Grimsby Claret
Trouble at Mill Grimsby ? :-)
WelshClaret
Trouble at Mill Grimsby ? :-)
WelshClaret
He will never achieve anything substantial, because 75% of success is in your head. Few successful players ever manage to get there without it, and many who do and excel don't have too much God given talent. Not so much brainpower, more courage, determination and drive. Even Premier League primadonnas have those qualities, even El Hadj Diof (sp) and charecters like that!! Kev doesn't.
CrosspoolClarets
He will never achieve anything substantial, because 75% of success is in your head. Few successful players ever manage to get there without it, and many who do and excel don't have too much God given talent. Not so much brainpower, more courage, determination and drive. Even Premier League primadonnas have those qualities, even El Hadj Diof (sp) and charecters like that!! Kev doesn't.
CrosspoolClarets
The best players are always looking and striving for that bit extra in every aspact of their game, as should all players at every level, anything less and they let themselves and their team down. Sad but Mac has not got the 100% dedication needed to develop his talent.
cornwallclaret
The best players are always looking and striving for that bit extra in every aspact of their game, as should all players at every level, anything less and they let themselves and their team down. Sad but Mac has not got the 100% dedication needed to develop his talent.
cornwallclaret
Tend to agree with that CC! He let himself down, the club and the fans but I wish him well at Bramall Lane and hope he can correct the psychological aspects to his game
turfmanphil
Tend to agree with that CC! He let himself down, the club and the fans but I wish him well at Bramall Lane and hope he can correct the psychological aspects to his game
turfmanphil
Both CC's in fact!! lol ;-)
turfmanphil
Both CC's in fact!! lol ;-)
turfmanphil
Disagree with HC unless the something he would add would be hassle for management and coaches. He could join Bikey and form a gang of two which quickly could become 3 or 4 and then it all goes belly up behind the scenes.
VinRogue
Disagree with HC unless the something he would add would be hassle for management and coaches. He could join Bikey and form a gang of two which quickly could become 3 or 4 and then it all goes belly up behind the scenes.
VinRogue
To be a top player you have to have ability. Without it you won't last too long. Big Kev certainly has the quality. His balance, first touch and strength show that he has what it takes. However, his time with us seemed to suggest that he lacked the other important ingredients such as commitment, concentration and a willingness to fit in with the team. I hope he makes it - but he needs to knuckle down and, perhaps, grow up.
RickersTwickers
To be a top player you have to have ability. Without it you won't last too long. Big Kev certainly has the quality. His balance, first touch and strength show that he has what it takes. However, his time with us seemed to suggest that he lacked the other important ingredients such as commitment, concentration and a willingness to fit in with the team. I hope he makes it - but he needs to knuckle down and, perhaps, grow up.
RickersTwickers
 

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