McNeil enjoying Burnley chance
Dwight McNeil admits he is relishing playing in the Burnley first-team and he does not want it to come to an end.
The 19-year-old winger was thrust into Sean Dyche's starting line-up at the turn of the year and he is yet to look back, starting the Clarets' last 11 Premier League games on the spin.
Indeed, McNeil's initial introduction into the starting line-up coincided with Burnley going on an eight-match unbeaten run in the top-flight and the youngster has been receiving constant praise from Dyche, who feels he could earn a call-up to Aidy Boothroyd's England under-21 squad later this month.
McNeil is not getting too far ahead of himself, however, as his focus remains on merely retaining his place in Burnley's starting XI.
"All I want to do is play football because I’m really enjoying it at the minute. All you want to do is stay in the team. I want to continue doing that," the McNeil was quoted as saying by the Lancashire Telegraph.
The teenager is also confident Burnley have enough quality to retain their top-flight status, despite the fact they currently sit just a place and two points above the bottom three.
"All eight games are really big, five of those are at home. I think if we can get a few more wins we’ll be okay."
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.