Kieran Trippier has advised Burnley winger Dwight McNeil to stay put at Turf Moor, amidst rumoured interest from Tottenham.
The 20-year-old has had an impressive campaign with Burnley and has established himself as a key member of the side and was said to be on Spurs’ radar during the January transfer window (Guardian)
It looks like Tottenham could face a fight on their hands for the youngster’s signature with the likes of Everton, Wolves, Leicester City (TEAMtalk), Manchester United and Juventus (Lancs Live), also credit with interest in McNeil.
Trippier, who left Tottenham to join Atletico Madrid last summer after four years in North London, harked back to his own experience of swapping Burnley for the Lilywhites and revealed that he was initially left frustrated due to the lack of game time.
He implored McNeil to stay with Sean Dyche’s side and become a star at the club.
When asked about the speculation linking the wide man with a move away from the Clarets, Trippier told Burnley Express: “Sometimes it can be difficult when you go to another club. I’ve experienced it. I went to Tottenham and I didn’t play for months and you get frustrated.
“For somebody like him, who is doing really well, why would you move now? There’s no point. Just keep performing well on the biggest stage and stay put. I was in a different situation to him, I’d just been relegated so I needed to go to a Premier League club.
“He’s playing well week in week out for a Premier League club. He’s a big player for Burnley. I’d stay put if I was him and keep enjoying his football.”
Spurs Web Opinion
McNeil is very much an old-school winger who works his socks off. He not only has a great left-foot but he almost always manages to get the cross in, even from tight areas. I can see why Mourinho would be a fan of him but he would not be effective at Spurs unless we have an aerially dominant striker like Chris Wood to maximise McNeil’s crosses.
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