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TT Battle: Huddersfield vs Brentford for Neal Maupay

It’s hard to believe he’s just 22, isn’t it? Neal Maupay is into his second season in West London with Brentford and he has stepped up his game massively this year, having already doubled his goalscoring tally from last season.

Maupay was brought in nearly two years ago now for just £1.6m, as per SkySports, from Saint-Etienne and it has proven to be a fine bit business by the Bees.

The Frenchman has netted 26 times in all competitions so far this season as he stands as the third top scorer in the Championship. It is such form that has caught the eye of Huddersfield Town, as according to the ExaminerLive, the Terriers are once again in for his services.

With that in mind, let’s discuss where Maupay may suit best…

Huddersfield Town

Town being linked to Maupay makes sense given that they have lacked a consistent goalscorer across the course of the season.

Obviously, Karlan Grant was brought in in January and has eased the need for a natural goalscorer, having scored three times in nine games. However, at 21, he is not yet proven Premier League quality and it will take, perhaps, a season in the Championship before he may be ready to return to perform consistently in the top division.

If the deal was to go through, it would be interesting to see if Jan Siewert would operate with two similar strikers in Grant and Maupay with a more expansive system in the Championship, or continue with his favoured sole striker approach which would only enable one of them to start at a time.

Even still, if he was to move, Maupay could be a great success at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Grade: B+


Brentford have come through a tough spell this season following Dean Smith’s departure and their youthful side makes Griffin Park an exciting place to call home.

Maupay will know he is guaranteed a starting spot at the Bees and is a fan favourite among the Brentford faithful, but a key factor in regards to his future will be as to whether he sees that side as being able to mount a true promotion charge next season.

If he does not, then Brentford may not be the best place for him to stay in the coming years.

Grade: B-


Maupay is guaranteed goals and a starting place in the coming years at Brentford, but if he feels he has a better chance at chasing Premier League football with Town next season, he should opt for a move away instead.

The competition between himself and Grant would get the best out of each other and force them to stay on top of their games. Alternatively, Siewert could allow them to form a partnership which may enable them to work and perform together, which could work as a deadly duo in the Championship and potentially see Town back in the Premier League in the near future.

Bees and Terriers alike, where do you see the striker’s future? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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