By Alex McLeish

29th Jul, 2022 | 11:47am

Pundit issues 'phenomenal' Everton claim after Dwight McNeil deal agreed - 'I called Sean Dyche...'

Dwight McNeil will not be able to replace RIcharlison’s attacking output at Everton.

That’s according to former Aston Villa and Scotland boss Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Toffees’ latest capture.

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.

McLeish admits he is a fan of McNeil and that he tried to get him to represent Scotland while he was managing their international side.

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“He’s not Richarlison, let’s be blunt about that,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Ben Wild

“I have always liked Dwight McNeil. When he first burst onto the scene I made an enquiry about him because I knew he had Scottish Ancestry.

“I called Sean Dyche and he thought there was something in it. In the end, we didn’t get him but he is a good player.

“That’s another Burnley player Everton have taken, a team that was relegated. At the moment it looks like Everton are stuck, moneywise, in terms of signing players who can replace Richarlison.

“I’m sure Frank will be frustrated at the fact they have not brought in one or two players he had earmarked.

“He played with phenomenal players at Chelsea, I’m sure he would love to go into the market for players of that ilk.”

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