Swansea City midfielder Barrie McKay has spoken about his season so far, game-time under Steve Cooper and life in South Wales.
The 24-year-old made his first Championship appearance of the season in Swansea’s 2-1 loss to Fulham last week, coming on in the second-half and setting up George Byers for the consolation goal.
He made 30 league appearances for the Swans last year scoring twice but hasn’t been favoured by Cooper.
Speaking to the Swansea City official club website today, McKay spoke about life in South Wales, and earning his starting spot back under Cooper:
“All I want to do is be playing football and I want to be playing here. I enjoy playing for this club, I enjoy being in the city and the boys are brilliant so I love being here.
“While I wasn’t in the side it was up to me to try and prove to the manager that I should be in the team, and hopefully I’ve been able to do that.
“Hopefully I can push on and get more minutes under my belt throughout the rest of the season.”
He was an ever-present in Graham Potter’s side last season as the Swans finished 10th – nine points off the play-off places.
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Since Cooper’s arrival in the summer though, McKay has only started once in the Carabao Cup, with three substitute appearances alongside that.
McKay is a top-class player for Swansea and he proved his capabilities in his short appearances against Fulham. He had to work hard to get that cameo but he impressed in doing so and should be more involved in Cooper’s plans going forward.
He’s still a young player as well and under the watchful eye of Cooper, who previously worked in the England youth set-up, should develop into a really fine player for Swansea.