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Everton To Rival Fulham For This Brighton Forward: What Will He Bring To Merseyside?

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In a recent tweet, talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook revealed that Everton are set to rival Fulham for Brighton and Hove Albion forward Neal Maupay. It is believed that the Toffees are hoping to secure the services of the French striker during this summer transfer period.

Maupay’s Form At Brighton Last Season

Maupay had a decent campaign at the American Express Community Stadium as he put in a run of fruitful displays as the focal point of Graham Potter’s frontline. The 26-year-old registered nine goals and two assists in 35 matches for the Seagulls last season across all fronts.

The Versailles-born sensation gave a good account of himself in the final third based on his average of 1.9 shots, 0.7 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He was even excellent when distributing the ball in the opponent’s half after making 77.8% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Maupay has just got a year left to run in his Brighton contract, so the Toffees have a good chance of landing him on a cut-price deal during this summer transfer window.

Goodison Park
Goodison Park

What Will Maupay Bring To Everton?

Maupay can create space for himself to get a few strikes in at goal and can be a steaky goal-scorer on the attacking end of the field. He can set up some decent chances for his teammates inside the opponent’s penalty box and can make a few clever runs with the ball up top. Maupay is primarily a centre-forward but can also play as a secondary striker alongside someone in the final third. However, he needs to work on improving his passing accuracy a bit if he wants to be a regular feature in top-flight football.

The French striker is good enough to fight for a regular starting spot at Goodison Park if Everton can find a way to get him on board before the end of this transfer window.

We can expect Maupay to bring more goals and energy to Frank Lampard‘s attack and increase competition for places within his match-day squad.

At 26, the French talent is about to enter his prime and has what it takes to make an instant impact at the Merseyside club if Lampard can devise a way to win the race for his services during this summer transfer window. He might even help the Toffees push for a top-half finish in the Premier League this season.

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