Former Burnley star Kieran Trippier has recommended in-demand winger Dwight McNeil to stay at Turf Moor for now.
Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier has advised Dwight McNeil not to rush into making a move to a bigger club. The former Tottenham full-back also started his career at Burnley. He has warned the 20-year old to take his time and develop his career further at Turf Moor before making a big move.
Burnley have had an impressive season, sitting 10th in the league, only 4 points behind 7th placed Wolves. And winger McNeil has been one of Burnley’s star performers this season. He has scored two goals and provided 5 assists in 29 Premier League appearances. This has attracted interest from several Premier League clubs, most notably Arsenal and Manchester United.
However, former Burnley defender Kieran Trippier, who left Burnley for Tottenham in 2015, would encourage McNeil to remain at Turf Moor for now.
Trippier advises McNeil to stay at Burnley
Trippier has advised McNeil to stay put because his development might be affected by transferring to a bigger team, where he may get few chances to play. The Atletico Madrid man recalled how he struggled to win a starting spot when he made his move from Burnley to Tottenham earlier in his career.
Speaking to the Burnley Express, Trippier said:
“Dwight has burst onto the scene. And when he trained with us last season for England, he was brilliant.
Dwight got to stay focused, keep performing well while he’s young, and his time will come. He just needs to keep playing games, because that’s the most important thing for somebody his age.
He’s got the right manager to guide him and he’ll be in no rush to go anywhere. If I was him, I’d stay put and keep playing games.”
McNeil has been impressive this season
The 20-year old has been one of England’s most outstanding young players in the Premier League this season. He has performed so well that he has been asked to join the senior England National Team in training.
As earlier said, he has scored 2 goals and contributed to 5 assists in 29 games. He averages 1.5 key passes per match, very impressive for a side who spends large parts of the game on the defensive end. The youngster also averages 2.1 successful dribbles per game. This ranks him 20th in the Premier League. His defensive output is impressive for a winger, averaging 1.76 tackles and interceptions per game.
Any club looking for a pacy, tenacious winger, McNeil will fill that role. His ability to play on either wing or through the middle is a delight for any manager.