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'With his ability': Everton linked with 21-year-old that Alan Shearer said last season should score more

Everton are being linked with Burnley attacker Dwight McNeil this summer, who’s a player that had an intriguing assessment from Alan Shearer last season.

The Telegraph, as relayed by The Boot Room, reports that Everton manager Rafael Benitez is a big fan of McNeil.

It is understood the Toffees value the winger at around £25million. However, Burnley may demand as much as double for him.

In addition, Premier League rivals Aston Villa are believed to be frontrunners for the 21-year-old’s signature ahead of Everton. 

McNeil, who’s an England Under-21 international, has been a regular at Turf Moor for the past couple of seasons.

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The left-winger was told during last season though by Premier League great Shearer that he should be scoring more. 

He ended the 2020/21 campaign with two goals and five assists in 40 appearances across all competitions. 

“With his ability, he should score and could score more goals. I know Burnley don’t have a lot of the ball, I know they don’t score a lot of goals, but with his ability he should score more. I think he will in time,” Shearer said.

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Should Shearer comments on McNeil warn off Everton?

For Everton, bringing it wide reinforcements seems a priority. If so, it’s a sensible move to strengthen a weak area. 

If you are willing to spending around £40million on an attacker, you need goals. 

McNeil’s goal output shows an obvious area of his game that needs improving, but there’s no doubt he’s a supreme talent. 

The left-footer has an unbelievable work rate and great energy. Additionally, he’s direct with his dribbling and can whip in a great cross. 

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