Burnley’s Dwight McNeil has been allowed to leave Burnley, with Everton confirming via their official website that the player has completed a move to Goodison Park.
Burnley utilised the player often in the Premier League during their time there and he was arguably one of their brightest talents. With the Clarets ultimately being relegated from the top flight after a six-year stint in the last campaign though, he has now been allowed to transfer back into the Premier League with Everton.
Last season, the winger managed 38 league games and was a regular for the club yet again but he couldn’t help his team to avoid the drop. McNeil also couldn’t add to his goal tally, with the player managing just a lone assist for the entirety of the campaign.
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However, previous to the last campaign, when Burnley managed to sneak much higher up the division, his goal contribution tally increased. When the Clarets were pushing up the league and finishing in tenth and 15th, McNeil had eight and eight for two consecutive seasons.
Last season, the winger had his lowest as Burnley were relegated and Everton will no doubt be hoping that they can get that rate of production and performance from McNeil back again, as Frank Lampard looks to take the Toffees away from the bottom three.
With this transfer deal done, Burnley can now look to recoup some of the money that new boss Vincent Kompany has splashed on his new squad already during this summer transfer window.
Burnley selling the player to Everton is not a bad move when you consider the money that they will get back from his sale and all of the transfers they have already made this offseason.
With Dwight McNeil, the winger would no doubt have been an asset at Championship level, especially when you consider some of the performances the player managed in the Premier League. However, there was always going to be teams from the top flight wanting to sign him.
Now, with the player having been sold on, they can either use the money to invest even more in their squad or use it to offset the transfers the club have already completed. It means that Vincent Kompany has been able to mould the team to his liking without denting the budget of the Clarets.
It is a good piece of business then and as for Everton, they’ll have an exciting player in their ranks for the new season.