Kevin McDonald told he can leave Fulham on loan

Kevin McDonald told he can leave Fulham on loan

Kevin McDonald has been told that he can leave Fulham on loan this month, according to reports.

The midfielder has managed just 11 appearances in all competitions so far this season for the Cottagers and hasn’t featured at all since their 1-1 draw with Wolves on Boxing Day. Since Claudio Ranieri arrived at the club in November the Scot has played just eight minutes of football, with the likes of Tom Cairney, Ibrahima Cisse, Jean Michael Seri and Callum Chambers, who has been moved further forward, being preferred in the heart of their midfield.

According to Sky Sports News the Scottish international has now been deemed surplus to requirements, despite only signing a new two-year contract extension last summer which also includes the option for a further 12 months.

It is thought that a number of Championship clubs are keen on signing the 30-year-old, who has impressed in the second tier throughout career. He helped Burnley to promotion to the Premier League in the 2008/09 season whilst also making 79 Championship appearances for Wolves prior to joining Fulham. He has also represented Dundee, Scunthorpe United, Notts County and Sheffield United in his career.

Kevin McDonald has struggled for first team appearances since Fulham appointed Claudio Ranieri in November.

McDonald joined Fulham back in 2016 from Wolves, and was a key member of Slavisa Jokanovic’s side which earned promotion to the Premier League last season playing in 43 matches. In total he has made 95 league appearances for Fulham, scoring six goals in that time but it looks as though he will have to find a new club this month. He has been a fan favourite at Craven Cottage and many will be disappointed to see him depart before the transfer deadline.

His midfield partner from last season Stefan Johansen could also be set to leave the club having also found opportunities limited this season. He has played just 29 minutes of football in Fulham’s last eight Premier League games and along with McDonald did not feature in a reshuffled line-up in their FA Cup defeat against Oldham Athletic. That would mean that two of Fulham’s promotion winning midfield trio would have left the club just seven months after their play-off final victory against Aston Villa at Wembley last May, leaving just Cairney left at the club.