Why Swansea City have completed a masterstroke by signing Barrie McKay
After a troublesome campaign in the Premier League, the Wales-based outfit got relegated to the second-tier competition. Now, however, they must focus on getting back to the top-flight. With that in mind, McKay seems like a brilliant new addition to the club.
Since joining Forest, the pacy winger scored merely 5 goals in 28 appearances. But make no mistake, McKay worked wonders with Scottish Premiership outfit Rangers.
In fact, he spent five years with them, playing over 100 games in the process. If Potter provides him with enough game time, McKay could be a solid option next season. And as far as Swansea are concerned, they could really utilise a player of his credentials.
When one looks at his attributes, it is quite evident that McKay is a natural winger blessed with abundant speed and creativity. Due to his never-ending level of energy, the youngster can beat opposition defenders with ease.
To be fair, he was an immensely promising candidate for Forest when he first burst onto the scene. Signed last July, McKay was a force to reckon with in the first half of the previous campaign. That can be chalked down to the presence of former Forest manager Mark Warburton.
The former Rangers manager is known for deploying possession-based tactics and formations which worked well with McKay’s inherent style. Usually occupying the left-wing spot, the youngster became an instant hit among the club’s supporters.
However, once Warburton left, Aitor Karanka was appointed as the new boss and since then, McKay has been on a downward spiral. His goals dried up and more often than not, his performances were highly inconsistent.
In fact, he struggled to work with Karanka’s tactics since they were quite different to Warburton’s. But it must be noted that Graham Potter’s style of play is quite similar to Karanka’s predecessor, meaning the talented attacker could regain his lost form at Liberty Stadium.
The Swans must fight hard to make their way back to the Premier League and McKay could be a driving force under Potter’s guidance.