‘It was time to move on’ - McLean reflects on City success
Kenny McLean admits leaving Scotland was the best thing he could have done for his career – as Norwich City continue to be linked with another swoop north of the border for Motherwell starlet David Turnbull.
The 19-year-old is on the Canaries' radar after City reportedly had a £3.25m bid accepted by the Scottish Premiership club for the attacking midfielder.
McLean has been a huge hit since leaving Aberdeen and was rewarded with a new Carrow Road contract last week for his part in the club's Premier League promotion.
The Scottish international is part of a new wave of talent heading south that includes Aston Villa's John McGinn and former Dons' club mate Graeme Shinnie, who recently moved to Derby.
"I felt it was what I needed in the next chapter of my career," said McLean. "I've spoken to players like Shinnie and I'd say to anybody if they get an opportunity like that to take it. I'm not saying everybody is going to get promoted to the Premier League in a year, but it's worked out for me. Don't get me wrong, Aberdeen brought me on as a player. The manager, Derek McInnes, was excellent with me, but it was time to move on and hopefully I can take my game to the next level."
McLean had a small taste of what he can expect in the big league when he face Belgium's glittering cast list on Euro2020 international duty.
The composed midfielder ended his season pitting his wits against the `likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, and earned plaudits for his own performance in the Scots' 3-0 defeat in Brussels. McLean insists there will be no fear factor with Daniel Farke's squad.
"You want to be put yourself up against the best.
"That is what everyone in our changing room wants to do. It is something we can look forward to," he said, speaking to the Times. "I do feel ready. Anybody wants to be in the position I'm in right now, going into the best league in the world, playing against the best.
"I can look back and see how much I've come on. I played in a tough league and, in the second half of the season, I played a lot of games. I've done myself justice. I've played the last three games for Scotland now and the last four or five months for Norwich, so it's been an excellent season."