Sky’s the limit for top scorer Maupay

Albion striker says he hasn’t set himself a goals target with seven games to play.

By Alex Stedman • 27 June 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion striker Neal Maupay celebrates his winning goal against Arsenal.

It’s a well-worn mantra, but it remains very much one game at a time for Albion and Neal Maupay over the remaining seven matches of the Premier League season. 

The Frenchman was on target a week ago in the 2-1 win against Arsenal at the Amex and was denied his tenth of the season when Kasper Schmeichel saved his penalty in the 0-0 draw against Leicester on Tuesday evening. 

He said, “I didn’t have a number or target when I arrived at the club for this season - I just want to score in every game. 

“To reach double figures in my first PL campaign would be very good of course. We have seven more matches and I’ll do everything I can to keep scoring. 

“Last Tuesday [against Leicester] was the first penalty I have missed in my career. I knew I’d miss one day, that’s football.”

Graham Potter’s men have taken four points from their first two matches of the restart and sit 15th ahead of Tuesday’s game with Manchester United at the Amex. 

Maupay spoke about the positive mood amongst the group after a productive first week since the league resumed. 

“As a side we have a lot of quality with good management and staff and we believe we have everything to stay in the division. The last two matches have given us a lot of confidence,” he added.

“Before Arsenal we hadn’t won a game in 2020. We didn’t know what to expect after three months without playing, but the win gave us a big boost going into the other matches. 

“I’ve never felt any sort of pressure with my teammates or the club - we all think we have the quality to play in this division 

“We needed points, but we’ve never been focused on how many we’d need to stay in the league, it was more about how we could keep winning matches. 

“We weren’t anxious, we were confident we would turn things around. Now the confidence is higher after the last two matches. We’ll keep believing in ourselves.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will arrive in Sussex on the back of a 3-0 home win over Sheffield United last Wednesday and they are chasing a Champions League place. 

Anthony Martial grabbed an impressive hat-trick for the Red Devils, and fellow Frenchman Maupay is under no illusions of what to expect when the teams meet on Tuesday. 

“It will be a very tough game, they’re in good shape and some of their best players are back in the side now after being out with injuries,” added Maupay.

“It will be hard but if we are focused and stick to our game plan, we can get a result. 

“We need to believe in what we do. They’re one of the biggest clubs in the world, but it’s another great chance for us to test ourselves against the best.”