This piece is part of a new feature, where here at Nottingham Forest News we will reflect and mark the performances of our squad from the Championship campaign that recently concluded.

Sticking with the centre-backs we get to Scott McKenna.

The ex-Aberdeen star enjoyed a quality maiden campaign at the City Ground.

He showcased exactly why Forest parted with an initial £3 million to sign him during the summer of 2020.

McKenna coped well with the demands of the Championship and when he played he looked extremely solid.

What did he do well?

A player who simply loves to defend, McKenna did plenty of good things in the Garibaldi.

He is strong in the air, good in the tackle, reads the game well and also likes to play out from the back.

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McKenna enjoyed several quality outings and in truth he didn’t really do much wrong throughout the 2020/21 campaign.

The defender played in 25 matches during his first season for the club, scoring in a 2-1 win over Coventry City.

He will hope to get even better during next season but so far he looks like a really good piece of recruitment by Forest.

 

Where can he improve?

Playing 25 games won’t have delighted the Scotland international.

He picked up a couple of troublesome injuries and he’ll certainly hope to stay fit for the majority of next season.

No player chooses to be injured though and it’s just a spot of bad luck on McKenna’s part.

The defender’s biggest weakness is probably his pace and if he can add that to his game he could become an even better centre-back.

Summary

Forest’s recruitment has attracted a lot of bad press – and rightly so.

In McKenna though, there is some cause for optimism that with a meticulous approach some real gems can be found.

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The defender did attract some negativity on the basis that he’d only ever played in the Scottish Premiership – although those with concern need’t have worried.

McKenna has been a breath of fresh air during his maiden campaign and Chris Hughton will hope he can call upon him in more games during 2021/22.

Season rating: 9

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