The Chronicle have claimed that Newcastle United want to sign Burnley winger Dwight McNeil this summer and will cost a whopping £35million – with the report claiming both Manchester United and Chelsea have looked at the English ace.
McNeil, 20, has already played 51 times in the Premier League – where he has had a hand in 15 goals, scoring five and creating 10 for the Clarets. He joined Burnley as a youth player in 2014 from Manchester United.
Certainly, he has been a shining light in another sideways season for Burnley – having a hand in seven goals during 29 league games. Indeed, such form is impressive in a side that are more focused on the defensive side of their game.
The report claims that McNeil is a target for Newcastle despite his asking price, but Manchester United and Chelsea may face competition. Peter Crouch told BT Sport that he believes the England Under-21 ace is good enough for Old Trafford.
“100 per cent. I could see him at a club like Manchester United. I think he is good enough,” former Burnley teammate Crouch said of McNeil, as quoted by Lancashire Live.
TBR’s view – McNeil could bring the best out of Miguel Almiron
The pieces are there, but the jigsaw is yet to be completed at Newcastle. Almiron is the heartbeat of Newcastle’s attack, while Allan Saint-Maximin has already starred for The Toon this season – producing moments of magic.
But club-record signing Joelinton is yet to shine – and Newcastle currently leave those three players up top. A move to sign McNeil would surely alter Bruce’s formation, pushing Almiron into the 10 role.
A new striker and McNeil would take Newcastle to the next level, if Bruce opts to switch to a 4-2-3-1 system – with McNeil and Saint-Maximin out wide, Almiron in the 10 role and Joelinton’s replacement up top. A good signing, then.