Wolverhampton Wanderers have joined the race to sign £30 million Burnley winger Dwight McNeil this summer, according to Sky Sports.
After a 1-0 defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League semi-finals, a result which brought a sad end to an exhausting, 59-game season, Nuno Espirito Santo sent out a less-than-subtle message to the board.
New signings, the coach says, are an absolute must if Wolves are to turn their ambition into silverware.
“It’s a small squad and we must be really proud, but now we need to make good decisions so we do not make mistakes like we did before. We need more players that can help us,” Nuno tells Sky.
Bringing McNeil to Molineux would be a good start.
Sky claims that Wolves have joined Leicester, AC Milan and Juventus in the race for a £30 million England U21 international who started each of Burnley’s 38 league games in 2019/20, producing six assists with his lethal left foot.
Technically gifted, young and versatile, McNeil ticks a lot of boxes for a Wolves side who have put together an exciting, ever-improving squad thanks to some hefty Chinese investment.
And, with Jonny Otto expected to be stuck on the sidelines for a number of months due to a long-term injury, the England U21 international could represent a readymade replacement on the left-hand side.
He certainly has the energy, the work-rate and the delivery to adapt to a wing-back role in Nuno’s preferred 3-4-3 system.
“There are not many 20-year-olds that can go and dictate a Premier League game by going everywhere on the pitch and getting the ball,” Burnley team-mate Josh Brownhill tells the Lancashire Telegraph, comparing McNeil to Aston Villa’s Captain Fantastic.
“It is what Jack Grealish is like, he wants everything to go through him and the lads trust his ability and know how good he is.”