TO BECOME the complete midfielder, Kevin McDonald needs to add more goals to his armoury.
That is the verdict of Sheffield United great Keith Edwards just days before the start of the 2012/13 League One season.
It took McDonald nearly six months to break his goal-scoring duck at Bramall Lane. In total, the Scottish playmaker, who made 31 league appearances for United last season before injury ruled him out of the play-off final defeat to Huddersfield Town, registered three goals but Edwards believes there is more to come from the 23-year-old in that department.
Edwards told The Star: “I don’t think Kevin would still be at Sheffield United if he scored a few more goals.
“He is aware he needs to add goals to his game. I can remember Kevin scoring a couple of times at the end of last season so he has definitely got it in his locker.”
McDonald agreed a new two-year deal with United last month and Edwards admits he is surprised he has resisted the temptation to move on.
“Kevin is a real top player; he makes things happen and gives you that little extra,” he said. “Personally, I think he could have gone to a top team in the Championship.
“For me, promotion is all about combinations and Kevin and Michael [Doyle] have proven they are a good pairing together.”
Meanwhile, academy chief John Pemberton is refusing to underestimate the threat Coventry City will pose in their FA Premier Academy League opener this Saturday. United’s under-16’s and under-18’s host the Sky Blues at Shirecliffe, kick-off 11.30am.
“We have had an excellent pre-season, but Coventry will provide us with a proper test and this game will be a yardstick of where we are at,” said Pemberton, who snubbed the chance to become Crawley boss earlier this summer.