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Potter: Maupay is important for us

Striker has two goals in two appearances so far this season.

By Charlie Hanson • 27 August 2021

By Bennett Dean
Neal Maupay fired home in confident fashion against Watford to double Albion's lead.

Graham Potter believes Neal Maupay is improving all the time after getting the new campaign off to a flying start.

The striker scored against both Burnley and Watford as Albion won their first two games of the season.

“He’s been important since he’s been here, you can tell by the amount of games he’s played for us and the amount of time he has spent on the pitch,” the head coach said. “He’s a player who is developing all the time. Like all of us, he’s not perfect but has a lot of good attributes that the team appreciates.

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Match montage: Watford

“I am pleased he scored two goals in his last two games, but there is also a lot of work that goes on outside of that which is important for the team. We are pleased with his start and hope that he continues.”

The Frenchman was substituted at half-time against Watford with a shoulder injury, but his boss is hopeful he will be available to face Everton.

“He trained on Thursday so we need to see how he reacts but we’re hopeful that he will be involved. We will know closer to the game.”

Maupay’s form reflects that of the team itself, according to Potter.

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Potter's Everton press conference

“Credit to the players, they’ve adapted a to a few different situations, they’ve been really together, really focussed and open minded.

“They’ve got their rewards in terms of the points, so we’re pleased. Now we have to go again at the weekend, but at least we do that with three wins under our belts.”