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Swansea City Eyeing Up Move For Scottish Premiership Defensive Starlet: Good Fit For Potter?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Reports are emerging over a link between Swansea City and Aberdeen FC for the Scottish defender, Scott McKenna. After an impressive season in the Scottish Premiership, the 21-year-old is being sought out by a number of English clubs but Graham Potter is looking to take the lead in the race.

The Swans are destined to be without Alfie Mawson and Frederico Fernandez this following term as they look for greener pastures in the Premier League or other European top-flight clubs. City will have to sign replacements and McKenna seems like as good a prospect as any, for £2m.

The youngster has developed himself with the Pittodrie chiefs and was involved in 35 games last term during which he registered 3 goals as well. He is a product of the Aberdeen academy, having joined the side when he was just 13.

McKenna has worked his way up to the senior team after spending the past two seasons on loan with Ayr United and Alloa Athletic. He slotted two goals past Kilmarnock in the league campaign to boost the side up to the second spot of the Scottish Premiership last season.

Due to his impressive performances, the defender has also earned a place in the Scotland national team, making his debut against Costa Rica this March. He even was handed the captain’s armband during Scotland’s 1-0 loss to Mexico on 2nd June. Now, he has 4 caps for the Tartan Army and 19 in total for his country’s U19 and U21 side.

McKenna did agree to a new contract last October which is set to run until the summer of 2021. Aberdeen might not be too willing to let go of one of their cemented starters unless Swansea make a convincing offer.

Graham Potter has taken charge of the Welsh outfit and has been tasked with returning the club to Premier League football. The unfortunate relegation is bound to add financial constraints and the unsettlement of most high profile names.

Mawson was their best defensive presence last term which has also drawn interest from a number of elite English sides. His spot will have to be replaced now that Kyle Bartley’s transfer to West Brom has also been confirmed.

Read More: Swansea City Extends Contract Of Centre-Forward: A Potential Masterstroke From Potter?

The fans at the Liberty will be overjoyed to see a young rising prospect take over the reigns at the heart of the Swans backline. Mckenna boasts of top-pedigree talent and certainly deserves a call-up to the bigger stage.

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