According to a recent report from The Sun, Aston Villa are interested in a January move for striker Neal Maupay. The 22-year-old currently plays his football at fellow Championship outfit Brentford and has done so since 2017, with his mightily impressive efforts in front of goal for the Bees seemingly attracting the interest of Villans manager Dean Smith.
And that’s because reports suggest that the Englishman, formerly in charge at Griffin Park, is keen on reuniting with the striker at Villa Park – a deal which would signal that promotion is very much on for the Midlands giants this season.
Ultimately, there is little doubting that the arrival of new boss Smith has injected some fresh optimism and impetus into Villa’s season, which was certainly stagnating when they parted company with former manager Steve Bruce, what with the Villans sat 12th in the table at the time of his exit.
And while they have only moved a few positions up the division following Smith’s arrival, they have only lost three times under the 47-year-old to suggest that they are certainly heading in the right direction under the Englishman – they just need to turn their plentiful tally of draws into victories to seriously sustain a promotion push.
And while it could be argued that it is defensively in which the Villans need to strengthen this month, given they have kept just six clean sheets in their 26 Championship games this term, the possible departure of Tammy Abraham is sure to leave them short upfront – not if they land Maupay though.
The 22-year-old has been one of the standout performers, alongside Abraham, in the second tier so far this season with 15 goals from his 24 league appearances, sitting just a goal behind the 21-year-old in the division’s goal-scoring charts.
And with six assists in that time as well, adding to the 12 goals and five assists he contributed last time round under the stewardship of Smith, it’s clear that the France Under-21 international has what it takes to succeed in the second tier – he is exactly the sort of striker one would want to spearhead a promotion charge.
And given just how impressive and prolific he has been in the last 18 months, he’d add a great deal to Villa’s striking ranks – even if Abraham were to remain at the club, Maupay would give him plenty to think about in their battle for the main striker’s role.
Clearly, Maupay has proven to be one of the hottest properties outside of the Premier League pretty much ever since he made the move to Brentford – his goal record speaks for itself.
And in a Villa team eyeing the Premier League under new boss Smith, who of course got the very best out of Maupay during their time together at Brentford, promotion would certainly be on for the Midlands giants were they to seal a deal for the 22-year-old this month.
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