DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, is convinced there is plenty more to come from Kevin McDonald.
Former Burnley midfielder McDonald agreed a one-year contract at Bramall Lane just hours before Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Brentford. He shone on debut against the Bees and is expected to feature prominently in United’s promotion challenge.
But ex-Northern Ireland international Wilson believes it will take time for McDonald to get up to speed with the rest of his team mates.
“I don’t think we have really seen a true reflection yet of what a player he can be,” said Wilson. “He will get better the more games he plays. It is hard for him having to catch up on his fitness but there is not a great deal we can do about it.
“We play that many games inside the first four to six weeks that we don’t have a period of doing fitness work and getting him up to the levels of the rest of the squad. Hopefully the games will give him the match fitness he needs.”
Asked what attributes McDonald will bring to the side, Wilson said: “Kevin has got a good range of passing; he is a presence in there and a big unit so he will be very beneficial to us as we go along.
“The more games he gets the better he will be and the more understanding he will have with his team mates.”
Wilson hailed the battling qualities his players demonstrated in their impressive come-from-behind triumph over Walsall in midweek, with Richard Cresswell grabbing the winner in the 74th minute with his third strike in as many league matches.
“I’ve learnt the team are very courageous, they still kept doing the things you wanted them to do even in the latter stages of the game,” said Wilson.