It seems that Burnley are desperate to keep their young prodigy, Dwight McNeil, at the club.
And if the words of his current boss, Sean Dyche, are anything to go by, they know they are fighting a losing battle. After all, the 20-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester United and the Clarets won’t really stand a chance in that bout.
He said, as per The Sun’s quotes:
“Look, we know Dwight is a player who will certainly go beyond us – but in a positive way. We don’t remotely want to lose good players. But eventually some players will outgrow the club in the sense of a bigger club coming along and buying them because of their skill set.”
McNeil has impressed at Turf Moor since he broke into the senior squad and is one of those emerging talents that could take the stage by storm in the not so distant future.
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The Red Devils already have young players in their forward line such as Daniel James and Marcus Rashford but adding another big talent would do no harm.
But who exactly is McNeil and what makes him so special?
To answer that question, we sought the opinions of those who know him best…
Not many know McNeil better than his current manager, who’s never shied away from showering the youngster with all sorts of praise.
Last season, after Burnley fell to a ravaging Liverpool, the gaffer was still happy with his player’s performance, stating that he has a chance to become one of the best in the future.
Here’s what he said in the post-match press conference, as quoted by Sportskeeda:
“That young man’s got a massive chance of being a top, top player in my opinion.
“He continues to grow. Every time I wonder whether I should leave him out, I think, ‘No, keep the boy playing’. It’s good for him and it’s good for us.
“If he keeps his head down and keeps working like he is doing, he’s got a massive future.”
Rigg is also well-informed when it comes to the development of McNeil and the emergence from his cocoon.
When talking to Training Ground Guru, the technical director heaped praise on the youngster, calling him an “amazing success” and also emphasising how he shows the strength of their academy.
Here’s what he said in full:
“Youth development is about getting players through to your first team, and Dwight has shown the way our club should be doing that. With Dwight having been such an amazing success this year and how he has been developed, that shows what makes this Academy so important.”
Pepper has seen McNeil develop into the young player he is today and definitely knows where all the talent and skill has come from, despite arriving at the club a couple of years after the player’s emergence.
He praised the 20-year-old for his hard work and his perseverance, even stating that he could be a role model for the next generation of Burnley youngsters.
Here’s what he said for Training Ground Guru:
“I don’t think he particularly loved the education, but he got his head down, worked hard and exceeded his target grades, all at the same time as he was training with the first team.
“He was in and around the senior side and could have thought, ‘I don’t need to do this,’ but he completed his BTEC programme as part of his scholarship.
“He’s a good role model for the younger lads on and off the pitch and shows you can achieve big things by getting your head down, working hard and listening to the right people.”
McNeil really does sounds like a talent capable of going all the way, if he’s properly groomed and managed.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to enjoy having younger, high-potential players in the squad and the current Burnley starlet definitely fits the bill.