DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has challenged Kevin McDonald to fire the South Yorkshire club towards promotion after claiming he can become one of the division’s best goal scoring midfielders.
Having come under the microscope in recent weeks for his poor return in the opposition’s final third, McDonald responded by opening his season’s account with a long-range effort against Colchester last weekend.
The strike, which effectively sealed United’s victory over Joe Dunne’s side, means Danny Wilson’s squad face fellow contenders AFC Bournemouth on Saturday eyeing a return to first place for the first time since December and hoping to record a fourth straight League One success.
But, revealing McDonald will not be allowed to rest on his laurels, Wilson said: “Kevin has got that in his locker. We see him stick those away every single day in training. And he can do it with both feet.
“I get sick of telling him to try his luck more during games. So it was great to see him get off the mark at last.”
Wilson added: “I’m pleased for Kevin because he’s worked very hard on that aspect of his game lately. He’s got his reward for doing that now but we want to see him keep on doing it.
“With the talent and ability Kevin possesses, there’s absolutely no reason why he shouldn’t either.”
Meanwhile United, who saw Barry Robson and Dave Kitson join McDonald on the scoresheet, hope centre-forward Jonathan Forte will be passed fit for the visit to Goldsands Stadium after a groin strain ruled him out of the meeting with Colchester.
Meanwhile, United, whose under-21’s were beaten 3-1 in their PDL fixture at Leeds yesterday, have extended goalkeeper Danny Coyne’s contract for a further month.