By Paddy Kenny

31st Jul, 2022 | 10:19am

Pundit issues 'brilliant' Dwight McNeil claim after latest Everton deal agreed

The signing of Dwight McNeil is a “gamble” by Everton as he does not have the experience Frank Lampard needs.

That’s according to former Leeds United stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Toffees’ latest signing.

Everton announced the signing of McNeil, 22, from Burnley on Thursday (29 July), as he signed a five-year deal with the club.

Football Insider understands the deal is worth £20million and that he has been on the club’s radar since last summer when Rafael Benitez was manager.

The winger played all 38 of Burnley’s Premier League games during the 2021-22 season but failed to score and only registered one assist.

Kenny insists the signing of McNeil is a risk after a “difficult” season for the player.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

“It’s a difficult one because he has the potential to be a brilliant player,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“He had a difficult season but he has played every game. He hasn’t scored, one assist, the stats don’t read very well.

“I think it’s a bit of a gamble from Everton, especially with how they are looking. They need players with a lot of experience who will score goals.

“They aren’t going down that route. We will have to see if he can step up and replace Richarlison. It will be interesting to see.”

McNeil is the second player to join the club from Burnley after the arrival of James Tarkowski earlier this summer.

Everton start their 2021-22 Premier League season at home against Chelsea on Saturday (6 August).

In other news, Everton are now in ‘very big trouble’ as an expert slams an ‘utter disaster’ of a deal.