Norwich City needs to sacrifice style points to score points in the Premier League right now, admits midfielder Kenny McLean.
The Canaries have developed an attractive style of play under the direction of Daniel Farke, but after a difficult start to the campaign after the rise, these references are again being scrutinized.
Grinding out a goalless draw at Burnley ended 16 straight top division losses for City – with the top 10 during 2020 relegation – after recently moving to a more defensive 3-5-2 form in search of stability.
“I’m like everyone else, if you don’t win games you are disappointed,” said McLean. “You can play as well as you want and when you look back on the last time we were in the league we got some praise for the way we played.
“But for me we were relegated, so it doesn’t matter. We want to win games, of course we want to get it right, but we’ve shown that we can be ugly and that we can be on par with teams like Burnley.
“We know we have the quality to build on because we want to keep that style of play, but it won’t always be possible or perfect for us.
“So we have to show this other side and show real commitment.”
McLean is currently on the road with Scotland alongside Billy Gilmour and Grant Hanley, although Hanley is missing out on the blatant World Cup qualifier against Israel in Glasgow tonight as he is serving a suspension for a game was booked twice during the campaign.
Former Aberdeen favorites McLean are hoping to win his 22nd international as the 29-year-old has played every minute of the last five City premier league games, playing three in the new formation to the left of central midfield.
“The coach will choose the form of team that he thinks is best to win a game. We worked on a lot of shapes and formations during the preseason, ”he continued.
“It was a tough preparation for the season, but we played different formations in the games, we trained a lot and the managers adjusted to that in order to be able to adapt to certain teams.
“We started with a four, we’re now a three behind, but that can change and we as players have to be prepared for it.
“We know exactly what we need because the manager has drilled it perfectly into us, so it’s up to us to go out on the pitch and convey that.”