Aston Villa will be ‘keeping an eye’ on the situation at Burnley following links to winger Dwight McNeil, The Birmingham Mail’s Richard Cusack writes.
Burnley announced on Friday that they had parted company with manager Sean Dyche after 10 years in charge.
The Clarets, 18th in the table and four points from safety with eight games remaining, are facing the prospect of relegation after six seasons in the top flight.
It was Dyche who handed McNeil his debut in 17/18, and the 50-year-old picked him for almost every Premier League match across the last three seasons.
The Athletic’s Andy Jones reported last summer that Steven Gerrard’s predecessor, Dean Smith, had personally scouted McNeil, and Cusack wrote in January that Gerrard could possibly revisit the move this year.
Aston Villa are ‘likely‘ to be monitoring events at Turf Moor, Cusack writes, because the squad is ‘laden with talent’.
He picks out McNeil as a player Villa are said to admire and says that he ‘might well be available’ come the summer.
However, The Villans would potentially face competition, with other teams ‘no doubt’ considering a move too.
Would you still take McNeil at Villa?
Yes, he's a big talent
No, he's not good enough
McNeil has actually endured something of a difficult season. He’s only managed to record one goal involvement, when in the last three campaigns he’d managed at least seven.
He was even booed by his own supporters during last month’s 4-0 home defeat against Chelsea.
Villa may prefer to focus on how good McNeil can be at his best, whilst simultaneously hoping that this low-key season has driven the £19.8million-rated Englishman’s value down.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has previously described him as a player with ‘real quality’ who should be commanding the attention of sides competing for Europe.
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