HIS passing skills might be a cut above those possessed by the majority League One midfielders but Kevin McDonald can still contribute more to the Sheffield United cause, manager Danny Wilson has insisted.
McDonald was showered with praise by coaching staff, teammates and supporters alike after a stylish individual display helped the South Yorkshire club sweep Bury aside in emphatic fashion on Saturday.
However, despite adding his voice to the chorus of praise which greeted the former Scotland under-21 international’s stylish performance at Gigg Lane, Wilson remains adamant that room for improvement exists in several areas of McDonald’s game.
“Kevin has done really, really well of late,” he said. “But I’d still like to see him score more goals.
“He’s definitely got them in his locker and we know he’s capable of putting the ball in the back of the net. That’s something for him to work on and, if he can start chipping in a bit more, then we’ll all benefit from it.”
Despite striker Ched Evans’ prolific form – he scored his 18th of the season during the 3-0 defeat of Bury – Wilson wants to ensure United do not become overly-reliant on the Welshman by encouraging others to make their presence felt in opposition penalty boxes. His words do not appear to have fallen on deaf ears, with 40 per cent of United’s goals in last three outings coming from midfield compared to 29 per cent during the previous trio of matches.
McDonald has to open his United account despite showcasing a powerful shot during pre-season outings.
Wilson, whose second-placed side travel to leaders Charlton Athletic this weekend, said: “The more areas we can score goals from the better it is.”