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Sean Dyche insists Dwight McNeil “could slot into any team in the Premier League”, despite leaving the winger out for the win over Everton on Wednesday and Sunday’s defeat to Norwich City.
McNeil was replaced by Maxwel Cornet in both games, with the Ivory Coast international scoring the winning goal against the Toffees.
The winger is Burnley’s leading appearance maker in the league, but with no goals and two assists, McNeil has been left out as Dyche opts for Cornet’s greater attacking threat.
However, there is a balance to be had, with McNeil more effective against the ball out of possession – he has slipped to joint 12th in terms of tackles in the Premier League this season, but alongside defensive midfielders such as Yves Bissouma of Brighton and Spurs’ Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Asked whether the right balance was possible, Dyche smiled: “It is possible, and it’s called £77million!
“It is the balance of the team and how they are operating.
“There are varying reasons, and the other night I just felt Maxwel with his running off the shoulder...he breaks the backline slightly better than Dwight, because he is wiser at that side of his game.
“Dwight is slightly wiser in the defensive side of the game, and has been with us longer so has seen that side of it.
“It is about the right game, the right player and the right feel.”
Dyche feels it is part of McNeil’s development, and he will be better for it: “Dwight will come through, there’s a lot of noise about him this season, and that can play on a player, it really can.
“Particularly when you are younger.
“He has got ability, no two ways about it, he could slot into any team in the Premier League, I am convinced of that with his technical ability.”
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