Aaron Mclean says Nick Proschwitz challenge can fire up Hull City
AARON Mclean has welcomed the arrival of new striker Nick Proschwitz, saying a heightened competition for places can reinvigorate Hull City's attack.
Manager Steve Bruce hopes to have addressed a long-standing frailty in the Tigers' make-up after shelling out £2.6m to sign Proschwitz from German side SC Paderborn.
Proschwitz finished as joint top scorer in the German second tier last season and his arrival at the KC Stadium will ramp up the pressure on Mclean, Matty Fryatt and Jay Simpson.
However, Mclean insists he is pleased to see Proschwitz adding a new dimension to City's attack and believes the competition can benefit all of Bruce's forwards.
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"When a new manager comes in, he's always going to bring in new ideas and look to freshen things up," said Mclean, who was part of a forward line that bagged just 47 goals last term.
"I don't think it's a surprise that he's brought in a new striker, but it's important to have good competition for places across the squad.
"I'm sure whoever gets the nod when the season starts will do a good job for the side.
"Nick's a good lad who's come in and settled straight away. You can see in training that he's got good feet and he knows where the goal is. He'll definitely be a good acquisition."
Despite featuring in 39 of City's 46 Championship fixtures in 2011-12, Mclean faces a battle to pin down a place in the Tigers' season opener against Brighton.
A below-par return of six goals last season – including just one in his last 17 fixtures – was a source of disappointment for Mclean, even when allowing for much of his campaign being spent in wide positions.
The imminent arrival of Sone Aluko from Rangers and a bright start to pre-season from Simpson will give Bruce a further headache, but Mclean says that he, Proschwitz, Fryatt and Simpson all have their own merits.
"We're all totally different strikers," he added.
"The four of us all bring something different and whoever you're playing alongside, you need to slightly alter your role.
"I'm the type of striker that likes to get in behind on the shoulder, whereas as Jay and Matty like to come and link up play more.
"We're yet to see what type of player Nick is yet, but he looks as though he can do both."
Mclean enjoyed a brief look at Proschwitz on Friday night as the Tigers were held to a 0-0 draw at Grimsby Town.
The German emerged as a late substitute at Blundell Park and, fitness permitting, could enjoy a greater role when City travel to Rochdale this weekend.
Mclean is well aware he cannot afford to waste any opportunities to catch the eye of Bruce and hopes he can do enough to win a place in the new manager's plans.
"It's important for everyone to try and impress him in every game and in training," he said.
"Every game is a chance to do your best to impress the manager. It was my first 90 minutes of pre-season on Friday so by the end of the game I was obviously blowing a little bit.
"But I feel as though I'm getting there and with each game we'll get sharper."