Aston Villa boss Dean Smith comments on Neal Maupay

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa talks to the press during a press conference at the Aston Villa Bodymoor Heath training ground on August 08, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith worked with Brighton and Hove Albion youngster Neal Maupay at Brentford.

Brighton & Hove Albion's Neal Maupay during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United at American Express Community Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Brighton,...

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has explained to The Birmingham Mail why he did not sign Neal Maupay before he joined Brighton and Hove Albion from Brentford in the summer transfer window.

Maupay moved to Premier League outfit Brighton from Championship club Brentford this summer for a transfer fee reported by The Birmingham Mail to be worth £20 million.

The 23-year-old, who can operate as a forward or as an attacking midfielder, scored 25 goals and provided eight assists in 43 Championship appearances for the Bees last season, according to WhoScored.

 

Villa manager Smith has said that he wanted to sign the French attacker he worked with at Brentford, but the price-tag stopped him from doing so.

Smith told The Birmingham Mail about Maupay: “Maupay, for instance, I personally thought at that time was a little bit too much.

“I love him as a player but the numbers that were getting talked about for me were too much.”

Neal Maupay of Brighton and Hove Albion shoots during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Vicarage Road on August 10, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom.

Premier League adventure

Maupay has made a decent start to his Premier League career, as the French youngster has scored one goal in three appearances in the league for Brighton so far this season, according to WhoScored.

There is a lot more to come from the 23-year-old, who could prove to be a bargain for £20m if he develops and progresses as expected.

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa talks to the press during a press conference at the Aston Villa Bodymoor Heath training ground on August 08, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

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