It might come as a surprise that despite Newcastle United having not yet replaced Rafael Benitez that they are still pursuing their transfer business.
They must be smart with their attempts to bring in fresh faces, with any potential new manager reportedly being expected to stick to the club’s youth policy in regards to transfers.
One promising talent that would fit that strategy is Burnley winger Dwight McNeil, who impressed in his first full breakout season at Turf Moor. The Magpies were first reported in April by the Daily Star to have shortlisted McNeil as a potential summer signing.
The Burnley Express confirmed on Thursday that Newcastle are still holding an interest in McNeil, alongside Manchester City and Arsenal – news that may all but end their chances of signing the 19-year-old.
It is easy to see why McNeil has drawn such attention from Premier League clubs, having been involved in eight goals in his 21 top-flight appearances.
Looking at this attacking stats on WhoScored, the Burnley starlet averaged an impressive 1.5 dribbles per game, alongside 1.2 key passes, highlighting his skill in creating many chances with his pace and flair.
McNeil also had an impressive average match rating of 7.03, and another season under Sean Dyche at Burnley is now more likely than a move to Newcastle.
Benitez was undoubtedly one of the biggest draws to young talents wanting to make the move to St James’ Park in recent years, and his absence will now affect the Magpies chances of attracting such talents.
Now he has been confirmed to be leaving, McNeil will most likely snub any potential move to the North East – with Arsenal and Manchester City smashing Newcastle out of the water.