Dwight McNeil

Dwight McNeil: Everton sign Burnley winger as Frank Lampard makes third summer purchase

Everton have completed the signing of Burnley winger Dwight McNeil for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old passed his medical at Finch Farm on Thursday and the deal has now been finalized, with McNeil becoming Everton’s third signing this summer under Frank Lampard.

He signed a five-year contract which runs until the end of June 2027, joining fellow newcomers former Burnley team-mate James Tarkowski and Sporting Lisbon loanee Ruben Vinagre.

The England U21 international has plenty of Premier League experience, having already made 134 top-flight appearances for Burnley. He has missed just two Premier League games since December 2018 and was second in dribbling in the top flight last season.

“It’s an incredible feeling to sign. When I heard of the interest from Everton I wanted to do it straight away because of the club and the quality of the squad,” McNeil said. at evertontv.

“Talking to the manager about what they want for the future, he really excited me and seduced me. I wanted to be part of it. He knows me as a player, just like [Director of Football] Kevin Thelwell. I want to work hard and do well for the team and for the fans.

“I feel like playing under a coach like Frank Lampard, he will help me improve my stats – and that’s what I want to do and improve my game.”

The attacking player, who has seven Premier League goals and 17 assists to his name, had also attracted interest from London West Ham and Crystal Palace.

Manager Lampard added: “I’ve been a huge admirer of Dwight for some time. He’s got huge talent and he’s exactly the type of player we want to bring into the team to help us improve.”

McNeil had two years left on his current contract with Burnley, with the Clarets retaining the option of extending that contract for a further year.

“The magnificent McNeil can go as far as he wants”

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Dwight McNeil in action for Burnley against West Ham

Former Burnley defender and manager Michael Duff to Sky Sports:

“He’s gorgeous. After retiring from playing, I took the U18s for a year when Dwight was a freshman and you could see he had a bit of that back then.

“Then after my first year I went to the U23s and he played for me for a whole season as a second-year fellow there. Then the next season he started.

“He was brilliant and he also learned the other side of the game, which is what a lot of young players have to do.

“He’s learned form, organization and discipline, and that gives him the platform to go out and express himself.

“He’s got a left foot stick, he can hit it, he can put crosses in areas where you don’t think he could put it, and he can see a pass. He can go as far as he can. wish.

“He kept his head and his focus, which can be tough for a young player, especially when you look around and see players on £80,000 a week at 20.

“You just have to keep your advice and take care of yourself and everything will come to you.”

Analysis: McNeil proposes a solution to the creative vacuum

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With interest from Everton, we take a look back at Dwight McNeil’s Premier League goals for Burnley.

Sky Sports football reporter Ben Grounds:

“It’s clear which department Everton have had to go to since the sale of Richarlison at the start of the summer to Tottenham. It’s unclear how much of the £60m recouped from the Brazilian Lampard’s departure will be able to spend, but by signing McNeil, he finds a solution to the shortage of creativity.

“In a struggling Burnley side, the former England U21 international failed to score in the Premier League last season despite registering just one assist. the story.

“The 47 chances he created were more than any other Everton player. Indeed, he was among the 25 most creative players in the Premier League last season, but only one of his chances was converted by the Burnley’s useless forward line.

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McNeil also had 90 successful dribbles in the top flight last season, with only Allan Saint-Maximin (150) doing more.

“As a natural left-footer, he will provide the team with better balance should Everton choose to line up in a 4-4-2 formation. Signing a five-year contract, it is clear that Lampard believes McNeil can form an integral part of the club’s present and future.

“One area where Everton did well two seasons ago was set pieces, from which they scored 10 goals with the likes of Lucas Digne, James Rodriguez and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

“That number fell to half last season, with all five goals coming despite an obvious problem identifying a quality corner taker. That’s one of McNeil’s many strengths, and along with James Tarkowski making the same switch from Burnley, it’s a route to goal that could prove fruitful again.”

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Watch Everton target Dwight McNeil score a World for Burnley against the Toffees in March 2021

Everton sign Vinagre on loan

Ruben Vinagre
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Ruben Vinagre has joined Everton on loan

The Toffees signed Sporting Lisbon defender Ruben Vinagre on a season-long loan on Wednesday, making him their second summer signing under Lampard.

The versatile Portugal U21 international, who can play as left-back or left-back, spent five years at Wolves between 2017 and 2022, the first of which was on loan from Monaco. The Portuguese club then turned the 23-year-old’s loan into a permanent transfer this summer before selling him back to England.

Everton also have the option of buying the player for a fee of around £18m at the end of next season.

“It’s a dream come true to join a great club like Everton,” Vinagre told evertontv. “The opportunity to work with very good players and a very good coach in Frank Lampard made me want to sign.

“The manager is a football legend. Everyone knows him and the opportunity to work with him and learn from him and someone like Ashley Cole – one of the best left-backs in football – is very important. for me.”

Everton schedule: Lampard starts at home to Chelsea on Sky

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Everton will start their 2022/23 Premier League campaign with a visit to Chelsea at Goodison Park – live on sky sports – as Frank Lampard takes on his former club in search of a winning start to the season.

Richarlison scored the only goal of the game when the two sides last met in April to spark a 10-point run from five games that preserved Everton’s top-flight status for a 69th straight season. The game is live sky sports at 5:30 p.m. on August 6.

The Toffees are hoping to avoid such relegation fears this time around and will face trips to Aston Villa (August 13), Brentford (August 27) and Leeds (August 30) after the season’s curtain-raiser – with a home game against Nottingham. Forest (August 20) sandwiched between a hectic opening month.

Merseyside’s first derby of the season will take place on September 3 at Goodison, with the reverse fixture at Anfield falling on February 11. Everton’s last game before the World Cup break is at Bournemouth on November 12.

The Premier League season resumes on Boxing Day with Everton hosting Wolves, while their campaign ends on May 28 with Bournemouth arriving from Merseyside.


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