David Weir, the Sheffield United manager, has admitted Kevin McDonald’s protracted move to League One rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers has unsettled his side.
Influential playmaker McDonald finally completed his switch to Wolves last night, opting to pen a three-year deal at Molineux. It was just under a week ago officials at Wolves tabled an undisclosed bid and activated a clause in the 24-year-old’s contract.
United offered McDonald improved terms to extend his Bramall Lane stay but the lanky Scot, who missed last Saturday’s defeat at Brentford, has decided to move on to pastures new.
Weir said: “I’m sure it has had an effect. We’ve got to use it as a positive. It is an opportunity for someone to come in and fill the gap with Kev not being there.”
“We offered Kev a new deal, which in my opinion was a very good offer,” he added. “We made a big effort to keep Kev, but he has chosen to move on and that is his decision.”
McDonald, who made 91 appearances in a two-year spell with United, hitting five goals, is in line to make his Wolves debut at Bristol City this weekend.
“I’m delighted that the deal has been completed and I can now look forward to start playing now,” said McDonald. “It was a tough decision for me.
“The manager has been good and it was tough to say goodbye to the club but I think this is the right step for me and hopefully I can kick on from here.”
While disappointed to see McDonald go, Weir is sure he has midfielders at his disposal who are capable of filling the void.
“Every player is different, of course, and it’s fair to say we don’t have a like for like replacement for Kev but we have players with different attributes and we can do a lot of things,” he said.