News surrounding Burnley Football Club has been rather steady so far this summer, with not much happening in truth.
In the last week or so, rumours have started to gather pace. Although, none that will particularly bring joy to Clarets. A lot of talk has actually been regarding outgoings rather than incomings, which has seen two players especially linked with shock moves away from Turf Moor, those being Ben Gibson and Dwight McNeil.
The pair have been on very much different journey’s so far in their career, with Gibson joining the club in what was a £14 million deal from Middlesbrough, while McNeil has risen through the club’s academy set up.
As with any club, when a player comes through the ranks, naturally a greater bond is formed with the fans, with that sense of the player being one of them. McNeil has already established himself as a popular figure around the Turf, in such a short space of time. It would be fair to say if he was too depart this summer it would be a major blow for the club.
At present with the modern game being how it is, young players do seem to attract a lot of interest early on in their professional playing days, with it appearing that the need for quality home grown players is increasing. What it basically means is that larger clubs who can’t really afford to bring too many un-proven talents through into the first team set up due to high expectations, then have to poach around clubs that can afford to do so.
Recent weeks have seen McNeil himself linked with a host of Premier League clubs including the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Everton and also Newcastle.
Of course, it will be flattering to see for a player who only made his Premier League debut on the final matchday of the 2017/18 season. However, in terms of his future prospects it surely makes much more sense for the teenager to remain with the Clarets.
In the past we as neutrals have seen many players take big risks and take a step too far, too soon which has unfortunately had a detrimental effect on their careers. It is clear to see as fans of the club, watching this young superstar play that he is destined to play at a very high level, something that has to be accepted, when the time is right. Right now, though, it would be a very ambitious decision to move on from the club that have presented him his opportunity and provided first team football.
McNeil is certainly in the discussion for starting most games when fully fit, but being realistic, would that be the same at some of the previously mentioned sides interested in his services? Arguably not.
Burnley is the perfect club for him to develop as a professional and achieve his future goals, the Clarets provide a pretty stable foundation, with a core British setup.
There is no doubt that most Clarets will be hoping talk of the youngster attracting interest is just sheer speculation due to the high standard of his performances, one thing is for sure he is a player the Clarets need to keep hold of this summer.