Sky Sports reporter Tom White has compared exciting Sunderland prospect Dan Neil to former star Sung-yueng Ki.
White explained his reasoning for the comparison, saying: “When I see Dan Neil, the biggest comparison I can make is with when we had Ki Sung-yueng on loan for that season.
“Because when we had Ki, he was so different to anyone I’ve seen in a Sunderland shirt. He was brave on the ball, great eye for a pass, always seemed to have time on the ball.
“And I would describe Ki as a classy footballer – until he signed for Newcastle, of course.
“Dan Neil has got all of that and he’s younger, and he’s come through our academy, he’s one of our own, we own him – he’s not on loan. And I’ve been really impressed.”
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The South Korean’s style of play saw him appreciated for his accurate yet adventurous passing, ability to use either feet, and his creativity too.
If Neil can bring similar traits to Sunderland at just 19 years of age, it really does look like he could be one to keep an eye out for this season and beyond.