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GW1 Ones to watch: Dwight McNeil

The Scout 7 Aug 2019
Dwight McNeil, Burnley

The Scout reckons Burnley winger’s home form can make the difference against Southampton

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 1 of Fantasy Premier League.

Dwight McNeil (BUR) £6.0m

The Burnley winger was a reliable source of points when playing at Turf Moor last season.

McNeil averaged 4.5 points per home start, returning a goal or an assist on five of those 11 occasions.

He will look to extend that record and take advantage of Southampton’s frailties in defence under Ralph Hasenhuttl last season.

Saints managed just three clean sheets in the Austrian's 23 matches in charge. 

Increasing influence

McNeil became an integral figure for Burnley during the second half of 2018/19.

The teenager made just 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 fixtures.

The underlying numbers highlight McNeil’s growing influence.

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

Dangerous deliveries

A big share of set-pieces also boosts McNeil’s prospects.

The Clarets scored 16 goals from such situations last season, second only to the 22 of Liverpool.

McNeil found a team-mate with 15 of his 21 corners into the penalty area, which suggests he can be a leading creator for Sean Dyche’s men.

The 19-year-old has again impressed over pre-season, scoring twice.

And his home form can give Southampton problems on Saturday, ensuring McNeil gets off to a strong start to 2019/20.

Register your team before Friday's Gameweek 1 deadline at 19:00 BST
Also in this series

Part 1: GW1 Ones to watch: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Part 2: GW1 Ones to watch: Ayoze Perez
Part 3: GW1 Ones to watch: Callum Wilson
Part 5: GW1 Ones to watch: Harry Kane

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