Maupay: I can't wait to wear the shirt

Ahead of Saturday’s Premier League opener at Watford, summer signing Neal Maupay spoke about his excitement to wear the Albion shirt for the very first time, as the forward looks to make his top-flight debut.

By Kieran Cleeves • 09 August 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Neal Maupay

Maupay gets ready for England’s top tier after firing more than 40 goals in two seasons at Brentford, and the 22-year-old is eager to prove his worth, starting at Vicarage Road this weekend.

He said, “All the best players are playing here in the Premier League, so it will be a different level for me.

“I’ve been working really hard to be in this situation — I want to improve as a player and as a man. I’m fighting and ready to work — we’ll see what happens.

“I can’t wait to get started with the team and the fans at the stadium this weekend. It will be nice and I can’t wait to wear that Seagulls shirt.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Neal Maupay on the training field.

The forward trained with his new team-mates in the days that followed his move south on Monday, and the Frenchman insists the latest chapter in his career is the start of good things to come.

“The first couple of days have been good. I’ve trained twice with the team and have a good feeling with my team-mates and coaching staff. I’m excited and ready to start.

“I knew the club wanted me for two years now. They brought in a new manager with the same vision of football as me — all of those things made me feel like Brighton was a good choice.

“In my career I’ve had some struggles, when I’ve had to call clubs because I didn’t have many options. But after two years at Brentford, knowing clubs want me is a good feeling.

“This is not the end for me, this is just the start. I’ll work harder than I’m used to, because I know this league is the best league in the world.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Neal Maupay

Finally, our new recruit was quizzed about the competition for places up top, while also assessing the relationship he hopes to build with Glenn Murray during the upcoming season.

“It’s good to have a few players in each position, because it pushes us to be better players and work harder for the team.

“Me and Glenn are different types of players but I think we can play together. He’s a nice guy — I met him when I signed and we’ve been working well in training.

“I’m sure we can find a way to play together and push the team at the best level.”