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Maupay: Attacking emphasis the main attraction

New Albion striker Neal Maupay says that Graham Potter’s philosophy was one of the main factors in him joining the club.

By Alex Stedman • 06 August 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Neil Maupay in the studio after signing for the club

The Frenchman put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal with the Seagulls on Monday evening, and said that the head coach’s ideas for the new season attracted him to the south coast. 

He said, “The head coach’s plans were the main factor in me deciding to join Brighton.

“We played Swansea three times last season and we lost all three games. They were playing really good football, which I can see myself being involved in.

“I like possession-based football and keeping the ball, so when I met him this summer, he told me that he wanted me to bring that type of football to Brighton. Straight away, I thought he would be great for me. I am excited to get to work.”

By Kieran Cleeves
Neal Maupay trains with Albion for the first time on Tuesday

The club’s newest signing made his debut in his nation’s top-flight at the age of just 16, and he also spoke about the differences he’s anticipating between France’s highest division and the Premier League.

When I used to play in the French first division, the level was really high, and I was playing in the Europa League for St Etienne,” he continued.

“There are no weak teams in the Premier League, so you’ve got to be ready to fight and try to win some games.

“I think this is the country of football and everyone loves the game here. It’s the best league in the world.

“I started my senior career at a really young age, and this is my eighth season as a professional footballer.

“I have that experience, but I’m still young and have a lot of things to improve, so coming here is a good plan for me.”

Graham Potter's side are next in action on home soil on Saturday 17th August against West Ham United.

The contest with the Hammers will be the new head coach's first top flight game at the Amex, and tickets are now on sale here at two spaces per fan number. 

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