MATTHEW Lowton has described Sheffield United’s decision to sign Kevin McDonald, the former Burnley and Scotland under-21 international midfielder, as the best piece of business in League One this season.
Lowton, who also confirmed Danny Wilson’s squad will resist the temptation to ‘trash talk’ their rivals for automatic promotion throughout the closing stages of the campaign, delivered his verdict ahead of today’s key fixture against Bournemouth.
McDonald was without a club and facing an uncertain future in the game when Wilson offered him the chance to resurrect his career at Bramall Lane last summer.
But, having seen McDonald emerge as a driving force behind United’s climb to second in the table, Lowton said: “For me, Macca has been the best signing of the season anywhere in this division.
“He’s great to play alongside because you trust him whenever he’s on the ball.
“Macca is excellent in possession and technically he’s excellent too.
“He gives everyone else an option.”
Lowton, who started his career as a midfielder before converting to full-back, was responding to claims that United are a ‘one man team’ following Ched Evans’ unveiling as the npower League One Player of the Month for March.
Evans enters this afternoon’s meeting with Paul Groves’ side searching for his 32nd goal of the season and 11th in only nine outings.
Those statistics prompted Sheffield Wednesday’s Gary Madine, whose employers, together with Huddersfield Town and leaders Charlton Athletic are locked in what Wilson insists is a “four way battle” for a top two finish, to claim that without his fellow striker United are “nothing really.”
But Lowton, who warned United to expect a “really tough test” against Bournemouth, said: “If people are commenting on our team then it means they are worried.
“They’re entitled to their opinion but it’s a bit bemusing when we’ve got lads here like Quinny (Stephen Quinn) with something like 15 assists.
“Anyway, we just prefer to concentrate on what we’re doing and on the next match.”
Groves, who took charge on a caretaker basis when Lee Bradbury was sacked last month, travelled north yesterday hoping to dent United’s hopes of being fast-tracked back to the Championship at the first attempt.
DID YOU KNOW? Celtic, Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur all expressed an interest in signing Kevin McDonald while he was still a teenager at Dundee. Indeed, Celtic had a firm offer rejected.