Well that came out of nowhere. It seemed that Dean Smith had fallen down the pecking order of potential Aston Villa appointments, with the likes of Thierry Henry, John Terry and Rui Faria tipped to get the top job.
But, in a rather unexpected twist, Smith suddenly left Brentford on Wednesday night to take the manager’s job at his boyhood club.
And Villa fans have not waited around to tell Smith who they want snapped up in the January transfer window.
Neal Maupay has been a revelation under the 47-year-old at Griffin Park; his ten goals in ten Championship starts making him the top scorer in the division as things stand.
The France U21 international arrived at Brentford from St Etienne in 2017 for a fee of £1.6 million and his penalty box poaching has made him a constant source of goals for the Bees. He is already two goals away from matching his tally from last season.
While Villa have Tammy Abraham, Jonathan Kodjia and former Brentford talisman Scott Hogan to call on, Maupay is perhaps the most natural goal-scorer in the Championship right now, so you can see why some fans want him signed.
I also would like your CB Mepham and striker Maupay— AVFCLlVE (@AVFCLlVE) October 10, 2018
Maupay, good shout, Jota hes good but nah— Leif (@leifAVFC) October 10, 2018
Maupay to Villa perhaps ?— Graham Hill (@grahamhill1) October 11, 2018
Should probably pile on Villa promotion now. Dean Smith by far the best manager in that league.— DANNO (@DANNOJ1878) October 10, 2018
Villa to bid £20m for Maupay in January guaranteed
Give it Dean Smith and get him to bring in Maupay in January— Paige Grant (@PaigeGrant96) October 10, 2018
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