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Aston Villa transfer: Club eye move for 21-year-old Burnley star

Aston Villa are eyeing up a raid on Burnley to sign creative spark Dwight McNeil, according to The Telegraph.

The 21-year-old typically operates on the left of a flat midfield four. He is also capable of playing as a left-winger in a more advanced role.

It seems unlikely that Burnley will want to sell. The report claims that several options are under consideration at Villa Park.

New creative players are clearly on the agenda for boss Dean Smith. Speculation is once again rife about Jack Grealish and the boss is covering all bases.

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Emile Smith Rowe is a player who they have tried to sign this summer. Villa could be forced down another avenue though, with that deal looking increasingly unlikely.

McNeil is someone who Smith admires. The youngster has proved a real hit at Burnley and is growing with each passing campaign.

During 2020/21 he scored twice and claimed five assists. He is certainly not the finished article but is game is about more than goal contributions.

McNeil works seriously hard for his team and his determination skills are unrivalled within the Burnley ranks.

The youngster earns £47,000-a-week at Turf Moor, which isn’t really much for one of the Premier League’s brightest talents.

A hefty transfer fee is likely to be requested though and that might prove problematic for the Villans.

Jamie Redknapp is a big fan of McNeil. He raved about him last June following the restart, saying: “I really like him. He is such a good player, lovely left foot and he doesn’t stop running.”

McNeil to Aston Villa: Quality player but he shouldn’t be a direct Grealish replacement

It’s impossible to compare the two players and Villa certainly won’t want to lose Grealish. If City do come calling though, they shouldn’t replace him with McNeil.

The two players are very different anyway but you really can’t compare the two when it comes to goal contributions.

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Villa would make a substantial windfall if they do opt to sell Grealish, although Smith will hope he doesn’t have to.

Signing McNeil could be ideal for the Villa and he does boast potential in abundance.

Despite that, he shouldn’t be viewed as the man to step into Grealish’s big boots if their main man does decide to leave.

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