Maupay: Health is more important than football

Albion striker not surprised at decision to put season on hold because of coronavirus.

By Bruce Talbot • 14 March 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Neal Maupay talks to the media ahead of Saturday's game against Arsenal.

Albion striker Neal Maupay says he understands the Premier League’s decision to put the season on hold because of the coronavirus crisis.

The League announced on Friday that fixtures had been suspended until April 4 following the news that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Chelsea midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi had both tested positive for the virus.

Albion’s game with Arsenal was postponed on Thursday and their next scheduled fixture is against Manchester United on 4th April at the Amex.

Graham Potter and the squad are training as normal until then but Maupay was not surprised at the decision to postpone fixtures.

He said, “Like everyone we have been following the news and the advice we are given. We are aware of the situation and health is more important than football.

By Paul Hazlewood
Neal Maupay battles for the ball.

“It’s not been normal in training, we’re all aware of the situation. There is contact in football but we try not to stay too close or shake hands as well as washing our hands regularly and not touching our face.

“But on the pitch there is [physical] contact so it is a bit more difficult. We have to get on with the situation until we are told something different.”

Maupay has scored eight goals this season and is anxious to add to that tally when the campaign resumes.

He added, “Personally, I believe in myself, I know I am doing the right things in training so I can be good in games.

"And the team improves, which I am sure will happen, I think I can get even better.”