“I was angry” – Ex-Hearts starlet Anthony McDonald on Craig Levein loan decision and Daniel Stendel praise
The 19-year-old left Tynecastle last summer to join the Spanish team in Cordoba in a “fresh start” after a difficult last season at Gorgia.
McDonald believed he was ready to make a first-team part in the final campaign after impressing in the Betfred Cup, including scoring his only goal for the club in a win over Cowdenbeath.
“I scored in the Coupe de la Ligue and I was doing well,” McDonald told the Scottish podcast abroad. “I was angry that he wanted me on loan.
“I was ready to play. I was scoring almost every game for the reserves, I was playing well, I had a streak of games. It was probably the best I have felt in the last few years playing football. because I was training at a good level, I was performing well.
“Obviously I was injured before going to Dunfermline, but I was really disappointed when he told me I was leaving on loan.
“I’m young and you can tell it was greedy but I didn’t think it was greedy, I thought I was ready to play, ready to compete for a place in the team. I’m not saying that I wanted every week, but I think I was ready to compete for a place on the team.
McDonald, who has yet to play for his new team due to a back injury, only played twice for Dunfermline before being called up by Daniel Stendel.
Despite only two under-appearances under the German, the player has taken a liking to the former boss of Tynecastle.
With Stendel, everything was going at a hundred miles an hour, ”said McDonald. “It was all pressure, race, pressure, pressure. If you can do it right, unreal.
“Maybe the language barrier, it was a bit difficult for him to get his points through at times, but you could tell he was a very, very good coach.
“I loved him. He spoke to me quite regularly, told me what he wanted from me. He was very good, crazy but good.
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