Sheffield Wednesday Set To Fend Off International Competition For Highly-Rated Forward

Charlie McNeill is expected to sign for Sheffield Wednesday, choosing the Owls ahead of both Serie A and MLS clubs according to journalist Michael Plant of Manchester World.

After a quite frankly astonishing youth career with the likes of Manchester City and then Manchester United, McNeill was one of the hottest young prospects in English football at one point.

It’s fair to say that it hasn’t quite gone to plan for the striker since making the transition to the senior game and he has been released by The Red Devils this summer without making a senior appearance for the Premier League outfit.

McNeill does however have some senior football to his name, through loan spells to Newport County and more recently Stevenage. He’d hardly set the world alight in either, scoring twice in 20 appearances for the former and once in three games for the latter, a move which really didn’t work out well for him.

Now released by Manchester United, the next move that McNeill makes is incredibly important in order to get his career back on track. At 20 years-of-age, he still retains bundles of potential, he’s just yet to show that in the senior game.

It seems as if the forward will be staying in England despite international interest, with Michael Plant revealing that Sheffield Wednesday are the club who are expected to acquire the youngster’s services.

In the process, they’ll be beating the likes of Serie A’s Lazio and Torino as well as an unnamed MLS side.

There’s a lot to like about the current direction that Wednesday are going in and under manager Danny Rohl they truly have a pull factor at the minute which other clubs simply do not have. After a rather miraculous survival last season under Rohl, better is expected next season with the German now having the summer transfer window to re-assess his squad.

Adding McNeill into the mix further emphasises their future direction and although risky, could work out very well.

Writer’s View

There is so much to like about Sheffield Wednesday under Danny Rohl currently and there’s a certain ambition and feel around the club which may have not been felt in previous seasons. Although results are needed at the present, the future looks incredibly promising and their transfer business reinforces that.

Despite struggling in the senior game so far, McNeill has plenty of potential and if gaining some confidence, could be a hit for the Owls. Don’t be surprised to maybe see him loaned out for the first half of the season to get further minutes before fighting for a spot in the first team.

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