Popular pundit Jamie Carragher has backed Everton to revisit their interest in Burnley winger Dwight McNeil following the Blues’ 3-1 victory over the clarets.
The club had been eyeing up a range of home-grown wingers, with Sky Sports reporter Pete Graves writing via his personal Twitter profile in July that McNeil was a top Toffees target along with Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray.
The latter two eventually joined the Blues for a combined transfer fee total of just £1.6 million, though a move for McNeil did not materialise.
Despite that, the failure to land McNeil did not prevent Carragher from referencing the Blues’ interest in the winger – with the clash with the clarets marking the perfect opportunity to do so.
“McNeil is a player I think Everton are really interested in,” Carragher said.
“I think they enquired about him in the summer, and he’s the guy who got a wonder goal at this stadium last season. I think he’s a really big part of what Burnley do, he adds that creativity at times.
“He’s a really quality player.
“There’s no doubt there may be suitors who think they can take him away from Burnley unfortunately for them, and I think Everton are one of them.”
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He averaged the full ninety minutes per match last season and almost doubled his expected goals (xG) tally of 1.03 with his two goals. [Infogol]
More impressively, his reliability saw him add 5 assists to his team and complete 80% of his 911 passes last season – demonstrating his selfless, hard-working footballing nous.
At just 21, McNeil is a regular feature for Burnley and it is anything but unfathomable to see why Rafa Benitez was so keen on bringing the attacker to Goodison Park.