Everton’s main issue this season has been their inability to score enough goals and relying heavily on Dominic Calvert-Lewin to find the back of the net, explains the Goodison News. However, their attacking department possesses enough quality to improve in this aspect of their game, as demonstrated by McNeil’s impressive goal.
The players lack the confidence to shoot more often, but under Sean Dyche’s guidance, the team has been more willing to take shots, resulting in more goals. In Everton’s 1-0 victory over Brentford at Goodison Park, McNeil scored an incredible goal from the edge of the box, leaving BT Sport pundit Rachel Brown-Finnis stunned.
The early goal helped Dyche secure all three points and move the team out of the relegation zone. Brown-Finnis described the goal as “old school Burnley” and also praised Michael Keane’s return to the squad.
She said: “Wow, what a strike from Dwight McNeil. It was old school Burnley.
“It was Michael Keane who intercepted it at the back, played across to Dwight McNeil on the left side. Just outside of the line at the far post. He lets it run across him, has a yard free and just piledrives it past the goalkeeper and into the side netting.
“It’s unbelievable. Before the game I was looking at the statistics, the likelihood of Everton winning this game, and of course it’s very, very early days.
“Looking at the partnership at the back with Michael Keane, him coming out of the football wilderness almost to partner with Tarkowski, the second time we’ve seen that.”