Since Matthew Benham’s takeover of Brentford in 2012 the recruitment of players has been second to none. The likes of Jota, Andre Gray and Scott Hogan to name just a few have been picked up for a minimal fee and have excelled for the London club. With the recent signing of 20-Year-Old Neal Maupay from St Etienne we could very well see him being added to this list in the future.
The former France U21 international excelled last season on loan at Ligue 2 side, Stade Brest. He netted 11 goals in 30 games last season and although that may not seem like a lot the impact he made to the side was huge. His performances were recognised when Maupay was picked in the Ligue 2 team of the season. His season brought back memories of when he first broke onto the scene at 16 and was tipped to be a world beater. Unfortunately Injuries and a lack of game time cost the Frenchman from reaching the next level.
Internationally, Maupay was scoring for fun at all youth levels he played at, from U16 to U21. A combined total of 16 goals in 35 games across all levels is a superb return for the youngster. Going back to his club career, Maupay actually made his debut against Brest at just 16 way back in 2012. It then took him just 4 games to score his first professional goal against Lille in a 2-0 win. Unfortunately he only managed 9 goals during his time at Nice before he was subsequently sold to St Etienne in the summer of 2015.
There is no doubt that Maupay knows how to finish and it was shown during his spell at Brest where he showed what he can do when given a proper chance. Brentford have added another player to their ranks who has the ability to get 15+ goals for them. In Brentford’s quest for promotion the signing of Maupay is most definitely a signal of their intent. Still only 20-Years-Old, the Frenchman still has time to grow and we may finally see him reach his potential in the Premier League with Brentford in the near future.