Nottingham Forest star Scott McKenna has taken some criticism this season but now he’s proved that he belongs in the Premier League.
Against Liverpool, however, he showcased that he belongs firmly in the Premier League despite recent critique.
McKenna was the club’s Player of the Year last season. He was also named Man of the Match in the Play-Off Final at Wembley.
The 25-year-old is a quality player and after a £6 million move from Aberdeen, he barely put a foot wrong in two years playing Championship football.
Last season he missed just one league game. That came on the final day of the season when Steve Cooper chose to ring some changes.
McKenna brings balance as a left-footed option and the Forest head coach has been very complimentary of the defender.
Some performances this season have seen him find it tough but essentially this is the big league now.
On Saturday, McKenna came up against Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino and he stole the show.
His defensive qualities were amazing and some statistics from Who Scored showcased a remarkable statistic.
McKenna made a staggering 10 clearances during the 90 minutes and that was more than the entire Liverpool team made altogether.
The defender also made 29 passes with a success ratio of 89%, the highest of any player on the Forest team.
McKenna belongs in the Premier League
It’s quite astonishing that some supporters dared to question McKenna’s credentials after a handful of games in the Premier League.
Clearly, he’s a useful player and he’s at a nice age to continue developing as a player and as a defender.
McKenna was easily Forest’s most consistent performer last season and deservedly claimed the Player of the Year accolade.
Now, he’s showcased his talent against one of the best sides in world football.
The defender deserves some more respect put on his name and he’s now proved that he belongs in the Premier League.