Kevin McDonald (footballer, born 1988)

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Kevin McDonald
Kevin McDonald - Schottland U-21 (1).jpg
McDonald lining up for Scotland U21s in 2009
Personal information
Full name Kevin David McDonald[1]
Date of birth (1988-11-04) 4 November 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Carnoustie, Scotland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Fulham
Number 6
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Dundee 90 (14)
2008–2011 Burnley 51 (2)
2010 Scunthorpe United (loan) 5 (1)
2011 Notts County (loan) 11 (0)
2011–2013 Sheffield United 77 (5)
2013–2016 Wolverhampton Wanderers 120 (8)
2016– Fulham 33 (3)
National team
2006 Scotland U19 1 (0)
2007–2010 Scotland U21 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:13, 12 March 2017 (UTC).

Kevin David McDonald (born 4 November 1988) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Championship club Fulham.

Born in Carnoustie, Scotland he began his career with Dundee before moving to England to sign for Burnley, for whom he played in the Premier League. He spent two full seasons with Sheffield United before moving to Wolves in 2013 where he spent three seasons.

Club career[edit]

Dundee[edit]

McDonald was initially signed as a youngster by Dundee and worked his way into the first team. He had been the subject of a £75,000 bid from Celtic in June 2006 which was rejected by Dundee.[2]

By May 2008, Dundee manager Alex Rae told the media that he would let McDonald leave the club if a suitable offer was received.[3] On the same day it was revealed that Dundee had rejected an offer of £250,000 from English Championship side Burnley.[4]

Burnley[edit]

Burnley eventually had a second offer of £500,000 accepted,[5] and McDonald was signed on a three-year deal,[6] scoring his first goal for the club in a 3–0 win over Derby County at the end of November 2008.[7]

In Burnley's 2008–09 League Cup campaign Kevin McDonald scored both goals in a 2–0 win over Arsenal at Turf Moor. His second strike against the Gunners was particularly precise, an outside of the right foot strike from the edge of the area. This moment proved to be the peak of a promising Burnley career, little did the fans know what would happen against Man City in the 2009–10 season.

McDonald playing for Sheffield United in 2013

Out of the first team he signed for Scunthorpe United on a one-month loan in October 2010 followed by another loan to Notts County in February 2011, running until the end of the season.[8]

Sheffield United[edit]

At the end of the 2010–11 season McDonald was released by Burnley and undertook a trial with Sheffield United leading to a one-year contract with the South Yorkshire club.[9][10] McDonald made his debut for the Blades against Brentford on 13 August 2011.[10] Initially used as a substitute he gradually became the focus of the teams midfield and a regular starter as the season progressed and the team contested for a promotion place. An injury during the play–off semi-final victory against Stevenage meant that McDonald missed the play-off final, which was lost on penalties to Huddersfield. Out of contract, it was initially uncertain whether he would return to the club, but following negotiations he signed a new two-year contract with Sheffield United at the end of July 2012 whilst in Malta on their pre-season tour.[11][12]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

McDonald playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2014

On 14 August 2013 McDonald moved to fellow League One club Wolverhampton Wanderers, signing a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee (reported to be £750,000).[13][14] After making his Wolves debut as a substitute in a 2–1 win at Bristol City on 17 August 2013,[15] he scored his first goal two weeks later in a 3–1 win at Port Vale on 31 August.[16]

McDonald became a regular starting player in the Wolves' side that set a new League One points record (103) as it won the division. At the conclusion of the campaign, he won both the Fans' as well as the Players' Player of the Season Awards,[17] having been already also named in the PFA's League One Team of the Year.[18]

At Championship level, he remained a regular member of Wolves' team, featuring in every league game as the club missed out on the play-off on goal difference. Over the summer he attracted interest from fellow Championship club Fulham, who reportedly bid for the midfielder after failing to agree a new contract at Wolves. He admitted to being aware of the interest and said "it is obviously a bit unsettling not knowing where you are going to be".[19] He subsequently agreed a new three-year deal at Wolves that was due to run until summer 2018.[20]

Fulham[edit]

Despite his new contract agreement with Wolves, McDonald eventually moved to Fulham after the 2015–16 season, signing for the London club on 22 July 2016 for an undisclosed fee in a three-year deal (with the option of an additional year).[21] He scored his first goal for Fulham in a 2-2 draw with Cardiff City on 20 August 2016.[22]

International career[edit]

McDonald received his first call up to the senior Scotland team when Gordon Strachan called him up for a match against Germany in August 2014.[23] On 29 September 2015 he was called up again for games against Poland and Gibraltar.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 8 March 2016.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dundee 2005–06[25] Scottish First Division 26 3 6 0 0 0 1[a] 0 33 3
2006–07[26] Scottish First Division 30 2 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 33 2
2007–08[27] Scottish First Division 34 9 2 1 3 1 0 0 39 11
Total 90 14 9 1 4 1 2 0 105 16
Burnley 2008–09[28] Championship 25 1 2 0 5 2 1[b] 0 33 3
2009–10[29] Premier League 26 1 2 0 2 0 30 1
2010–11[30] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
Total 51 2 4 0 8 3 1 0 64 5
Scunthorpe United (loan) 2010–11[30] Championship 5 1 5 1
Notts County (loan) 2010–11[30] League One 11 0 11 0
Sheffield United 2011–12[31] League One 31 3 3 0 0 0 4[c] 0 38 3
2012–13[32] League One 45 1 3 0 1 0 2[d] 0 51 1
2013–14[33] League One 1 1 1 0 2 1
Total 77 5 6 0 2 0 6 0 91 5
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2013–14[33] League One 41 5 1 0 2[e] 0 44 5
2014–15[34] Championship 46 0 1 0 0 0 47 0
2015–16[35] Championship 33 3 1 0 1 0 35 3
Total 120 8 3 0 1 0 2 0 126 8
Career total 354 30 22 1 15 4 11 0 402 35
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. ^ Appearance in Championship play-offs
  3. ^ Two appearances in Football League Trophy, two in League One play-offs
  4. ^ Appearances in League One play-offs
  5. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Wolverhampton Wanderers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kevin McDonald". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "McDonald prefers Dundee to Celtic". BBC Sport. 8 June 2006. 
  3. ^ "Dundee will 'probably' lose McDonald". thecourier.co.uk. 
  4. ^ "Burnley's McDonald offer rejected". BBC Sport. 29 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "Burnley step up McDonald pursuit". BBC Sport. 24 June 2008. 
  6. ^ "McDonald completes Burnley switch". BBC Sport. 25 June 2008. 
  7. ^ "Burnley 3–0 Derby". BBC Sport. 29 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "McDonald heads for Notts County". clarets-mad.co.uk. 11 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Scottish midfielder signs". Sheffield United F.C. 13 August 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Sheffield United V Brentford Team Line Ups confirmed". Sheffield United F.C. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Big Mac is back". Sheffield United F.C. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  12. ^ Marshall, Alan (29 July 2012). "Former Dundee star Kevin McDonald signs new deal with Sheffield United". The Sunday Mail. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Kevin McDonald: Wolves sign midfielder from Sheffield United". BBC Sport. 14 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Kevin McDonald signs for Wolves". Express & Star. 14 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Bristol City 1–2 Wolves". BBC Sport. 17 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Port Vale 1–3 Wolves". BBC Sport. 31 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Macca at the double". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 8 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "League One Team of the Year". The PFA. 27 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Kevin McDonald admits his future may be away from Wolves". Sky Sports. 6 July 2015. 
  20. ^ "Wolves: Kevin McDonald signs new three-year Molineux deal". BBC Sport. 25 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "Kevin McDonald: Fulham sign Wolves midfielder as Fernando Amorebieta leaves". BBC Sport. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  22. ^ "Fulham 2-2 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  23. ^ "Gordon Strachan calls up Callum McGregor and Craig Gordon". BBC. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  24. ^ "Scotland: Shinnie & Rhodes called up for Euro 2016 qualifiers". BBC. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  30. ^ a b c "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  33. ^ a b "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  36. ^ "K. McDonald". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 

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