Daniel Farke reveals what Kenny McLean will bring to Norwich City
PUBLISHED: 06:00 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:28 12 July 2018
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Kenny McLean lived up to Daniel Farke’s expectations in an eye-catching first outing for Norwich City.
The Scottish international opened the scoring with a stunning free kick in the midweek 3-1 friendly win at League Two Lincoln City.
Farke admitted he was tempted to hold back the 26-year-old, who featured for his country in World Cup friendlies in Peru and Mexico, but McLean was desperate to make an early impression.
“I was tempted not to bring him in so soon but he was desperate to get involved early on,” said Farke. “It will be a long season and so we could have given him more days off but it is quite normal for a new signing he wants to get involved.
“That is a sign of his character and attitude.
“We have to be careful and he won’t play each and every minute. We have to remember he played in the summer with the national squad.
“The free kick catches the eye but in general with his performance you can see he is full of potential.
“He still needs time to adapt because he is not that old and he has to adapt to the physicality of the Championship, although I don’t think it is too far away from the Scottish league.
“In general, I am pretty pleased we have him and in his first pre-season game he has a good performance and scores a goal which is good for the self-confidence.
“It will be important to carry a threat from set pieces.”
McLean’s international team mate Grant Hanley is yet to appear and will not be risked in next week’s German tour with a muscle injury.
Farke, however, confirmed the big centre back is now over the shin splints problem that had been an issue over the run in last season.
“No, with the shins everything is fine.
“He was able to train the first 12 days and he felt something in his hamstring after a tackle,” said Farke.
“We got a scan and the doctors said he had a strain that could last until the German training camp. When you speak to Grant, he says ‘Boss I feel 100pc fine, I want to be back on the training pitch,’ but we won’t take any risks.
“He is much too important.
“If it takes until after the training camp then he misses some games but it would be more difficult for a younger player.”
Farke’s squad is set for a behind-closed-doors friendly today against Crawley.