According to a Leicester Mercury report, Premier League clubs Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City and Everton have been linked with a move for Burnley youngster Dwight McNeil ahead of the January transfer window.
Unlike Leicester, who have enjoyed an applaudable start to the season, Wolves and Everton have not had the best of times.
McNeil, meanwhile, is also having a terrific season and has appeared in all of Burnley’s league fixtures. The teenage star’s three assists and one goal for the Clarets have understandably attracted attention from other clubs.
That said, let’s analyze as to which destination would suit the 19-year old the most.
Brendan Rodgers has changed the outlook of the Foxes completely by propelling them towards breaking into the top four spots. Against all odds, Rodgers’ lads are in sensational form, with seven wins, two draws, and two losses.
Leicester have enough talent in all their departments, barring the left-wing, and it’s no surprise that Rodgers is interested in the young starlet. Regular winger Demarai Gray has started just once and as a result, things do not look all that great for him.
Rodgers, meanwhile, has preferred midfielder Harvey Barnes over Gray for the left flank.
Barnes has made good use of his opportunities, assisting four times and scoring once for the Foxes. With that in mind, the Leicester manager’s interest in signing another winger does seem questionable.
With the likes of Ayoze Perez and Dennis Praet in their ranks, Rodgers can safely sit out of signing McNeil anytime soon.
Everton are heading straight into an abyss, with the Toffees hovering just one position above the relegation zone. With six defeats, two draws and three wins, things clearly are going haywire at Goodison Park.
Marco Silva’s team does not lack talent but there is hardly any conviction among the players.
With players like Richarlison and summer signings Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean, there is certainly no shortage of talented attackers. Brazilian Bernard is another winger but the diminutive player is out injured, leaving experienced campaigner Theo Walcott to add more depth.
All said and done, Everton are in no need for any more wingers right now. Instead, they must focus on working with what they have.
Unlike Everton, Wolves are 12th on the table right now, showing character and scope for improvement. For Wolves, striker Raul Jimenez has been in excellent form, scoring four goals and providing two assists.
However, Wolves’ wing play has been far from the best, leading to a dearth in the number of goals scored. In fact, wingers Diego Jota and Adama Traore have managed only three goals and one assist between them.
With Nuno’s wingers lacking the lethal crosses required to assist the in-form Jimenez, bringing in McNeil would be immensely beneficial.
Thus, a move for the 19-year old would be a win-win for Wolves and McNeil alike.
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