Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard could form a nightmare duo at Villa Park by signing Burnley star Dwight McNeil in this January transfer window.
What is the story?
According to a recent reports Alan Nixon, Villa is one of several Premier League clubs interested in signing the Clarets ace, although it is suggested that they need to get rid of a few players first before moving on to the winger .
Imagine him and Ings
At just 22, the winger has plenty of time to grow and develop under Gerrard at Villa Park, and that potential is something his Clarets teammate Ashley Westwood has already praised.
He noted: “He’s really mature. I think the world of him is a special talent. It was good to watch him grow up because when he came to train with us for the first time he was really calm.
“He’s already racked up over 50 Premier League games now, which at his age is phenomenal. He also produces, so if he keeps doing that and we all keep doing what we’re doing, there will be teams outstanding.
With Ings finding his feet at Villa Park himself after his summer move from Southampton – he scored in the 2-1 loss to Brentford last time around – having someone with McNeil’s abilities could hold the key to unlocking the best of him.
Burnley’s man is a creative winger rather than a Mohamed Salah-style goalscorer, his best job being the way he provides his teammates – he medium 1.3 assists, 1.1 crosses and 2.1 dribbles per game in the Premier League this season.
In fact, among players who play mostly wide, alone Andros Townsend and Raphinha have managed more crosses per game than McNeil this campaign, underscoring his excellent deliveries from the flank.
Ings could thrive with someone like McNeil playing by his side, knowing that instead of trying to cut and shoot like a Bertrand Traore or an Anwar El Ghazi, the Englishman can get to the signing and cross it for him like an old school wingman.
the £ 26m-assessed The star could add to an already exciting Villa attack and help free Ings, and that’s exactly why Gerrard should replace him.
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