Dwight McNeil: Juventus, Leicester, AC Milan, Wolves eye Burnley winger
By Rob Dorsett
Last Updated: 11/08/20 5:23pm
Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, AC Milan and Juventus are among the clubs in pursuit of Burnley winger Dwight McNeil.
The 20-year-old started every Premier League game for Burnley last season, playing all but 75 minutes of top-flight football as the Clarets finished tenth.
Leicester's interest is long-held with Brendan Rodgers keen to add a talented left-footed winger to his ranks alongside Ayoze Perez, Demarai Gray and Marc Albrighton who are all right-footed.
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Only Harvey Barnes is a natural fit on the left wing - and McNeil fits Leicester's profile for new players perfectly - young, strong character and a desire to improve.
So that with good coaching, and his value in the market is likely to increase.
Wolves, too, think that McNeil would be a valuable addition as Nuno Espírito Santo moves to improve the depth of attacking options in his small squad.
The ACL injury to Jonny has reduced Wolves' options on the left-hand side and McNeil would offer an alternative.
Sean Dyche said in March that there would be much more hype around McNeil if he was playing for a more "fashionable" club, and went on to say that - while Burnley have no need to sell - the "natural economics" of football mean it might be hard to turn down a big offer from a top side.
McNeil is Burnley born and bred, but his performances have impressed some of the biggest clubs on the continent too.
The interest from Milan and Juventus follows a trend of European clubs being attracted to some of the best young, English talent.
Last season, McNeil became the youngest player since Raheem Sterling to reach 10 Premier League assists - he managed six in total, and two goals, in his breakthrough campaign.
McNeil's versatility is a big part of his appeal. This season he has shown a willingness to work back and defend, and has proved he's comfortable playing wide right, wide left, or through the middle.
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