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FPL rising stars: Dwight McNeil

The Scout 9 Jun 2019
Dwight McNeil

The Scout says Burnley winger can continue to take forward strides after his breakthrough season

The Scout looks at players expected to progress and make a big impact in 2019/20 Fantasy Premier League.

Dwight McNeil (BUR) £6.0m

The winger can be a key figure in Burnley's starting XI this term.

McNeil struggled for minutes at the start of last season, making only one start and one appearance off the bench in the first 19 Gameweeks.

But he was then named in the starting line-up in 18 of the final 19 PL fixtures and helped to change the fortunes of Sean Dyche's side.

Burnley won only three of their first 19 matches, drawing twice.

But with McNeil in their line-up they recorded eight wins and four draws in the second half of 2018/19.

Familiar Turf

McNeil produced three goals and four assists from 21 appearances in his debut season.

It was in home matches where he was a reliable FPL pick.

He averaged 4.5 points per start at Turf Moor, returning a goal or an assist on five of those 11 occasions.

The underlying statistics further highlight McNeil's all-round potential.

From Gameweek 20 onwards, his 24 chances created placed second for Burnley and his 24 shots were the third-highest total.

Set-piece threat

McNeil's accuracy with corners is a major weapon for Dyche's men.

The Clarets scored 16 goals from set-pieces, second only to the 22 of Liverpool.

And having completed 15 of his 21 corners into the box last season, McNeil could be their dominant creator this term and can offer a steady source of assists in 2019/20.

Also in this series

Part 1: David Brooks
Part 2: James Ward-Prowse
Part 3: Miguel Almiron
Part 4: Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Part 6: Marcus Rashford

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