According to a recent report from The Sun, striker Neal Maupay could be set for a move away in the January transfer window. The France Under-21 international currently plays his football at Championship outfit Brentford and has done so since 2017, with his fine goal-scoring efforts for the Bees seemingly attracting interest ahead of the remainder of the winter window.
And that’s because reports suggest that Aston Villa, under the stewardship of ex-Bees boss Dean Smith, are keen on a move for the £4.5 million-rated hotshot (as per Transfermarkt), as should Leicester City manager Claude Puel, who would seriously upgrade on hopeless Kelechi Iheanacho by landing the striker this month.
Ultimately, Nigeria international Iheanacho made the move to the King Power Stadium back in 2017 after beginning his professional career at Manchester City, for whom he certainly impressed with 21 goals in just 64 appearances for the Citizens, many of which came from the bench.
Yet the 22-year-old simply hasn’t been able to deliver the goods on a regular basis for Leicester in the last 18 months or so, netting just three times in the Premier League last term in their run to ninth place in the table, and having bagged on only one occasion in the league this time round.
And after another very lacklustre performance against Newport County in the FA Cup on Sunday, in which the forward struggled to really get into the game and pose a threat to the League Two outfit, Puel may need to look further afield for the man he hopes can be the long-term replacement for fellow striker Jamie Vardy, who turns 32 this week.
And Brentford’s Maupay appears to be the ideal candidate for the role such has been his level of performance in the last 18 months.
The 22-year-old may have never played in English football before prior to his move to Brentford back in the summer of 2017, but he has since proven to be a revelation with 28 goals in only 72 appearances for the Bees, all but one of which has come in the second tier.
Be it the 12 he bagged for Smith’s side last term in their run to ninth place in the Championship, or indeed the staggering tally of 15 already this time round, it’s clear that the France Under-21 international has genuine ability in the final third of the pitch – add in six assists this term, and he’s more than just a goal-scorer.
And in a Leicester side that look bereft of goal-scoring pedigree whenever Vardy isn’t on the pitch, given just how ineffective Iheanacho has proven to be in recent times, Maupay could hugely flourish, especially given the quality of front men around him creating opportunities in the final third.
As such, while Villa may be an attractive proposition for the 22-year-old, Leicester must seek to join the race for Maupay, as completing a deal for the striker would give Puel a huge upgrade on the hopeless Iheanacho at the King Power Stadium.
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