Maupay: Mad start great for strikers

The forward will be looking to add to his tally of four Premier League goals this season, against Crystal Palace today.

By Charlie Hanson • 18 October 2020

By Bennett Dean
Neal Maupay has four goals in four Premier League appearances so far this season.

Neal Maupay has hailed the crazy start to the Premier League campaign which had seen 144 goals scored in 38 matches prior to this weekend’s fixtures.

The openness of matches means there are more chances for strikers, according to the Frenchman, who has four goals in four games ahead of this afternoon’s match at Selhurst Park.

He said, “It’s mad. Every game there are three or four goals. The teams are basically the same as last season, I don’t know what’s going on.

“Teams are so focused on the attacking side and want to score more this season. 

By Paul Hazlewood
Neal Maupay wheels away after finding the back of the net against Everton.

“It’s very good for a striker. If it’s an open game, there will be opportunities for me. I am happy with how things are going.”

The 24-year-old puts his goalscoring glut down to Graham Potter’s playing philosophy being given the time to develop and evolve.

“With a new manager and a new team, it takes time to build something. Everyone agrees with his philosophy, everyone understands more about what the gaffer really wants, and you can see it in the four games so far this season, they’re better than most of our games last season.


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Graham Potter's Crystal Palace Press Conference

“We are more in control of what we’re doing, but it’s a process and it takes time. In the Premier League you don’t have much time, you play big teams every weekend. You need to get points if you want to survive in this league, so it’s a tricky one. We’re on the right track though.”

Today’s game is a big one in Maupay’s book and he is mindful that it's also a big one for the supporters.

“For the fans it’s the biggest game of the year - if they don’t lose one game this year, they want it to be this one! There is no pressure, but we want to give them something back and we want them to be happy.”