While Wesley Moraes continues to toil at Aston Villa, Neal Maupay is proving to be a Premier League hero for Brighton and Hove Albion.

Quick, aggressive, a lethal finisher with a never-say-die attitude; Neal Maupay’s relentless, match-winning performance in Brighton’s 2-1 triumph away at Arsenal on Thursday night has only served to pile even more pressure on Aston Villa’s misfiring number nine.

It is no secret that Dean Smith was hoping to be reunited over the summer with a striker who he knew well from their time together at Brentford (Birmingham Mail). Instead, Aston Villa put their faith in a relative unknown from Club Brugge – paying £2 million more for him than Brighton paid for Maupay.

And while Maupay has only scored one more goal than £22 million Wesley Moraes in 15 Premier League games so far, those statistics only tell half the story.

Brighton’s fearless Frenchman is an uncontrollable bundle of energy, bouncing around the pitch like a powerball fired out of a cannon. His speed and movement ran the Arsenal defence ragged on during a historic win in North London for Graham Potter’s side and it was no surprise that he, with a brilliantly guided header ten minutes from time, proved to be the hero.

Contrast that with Wesley; laboured, sluggish and spending most of his time slumped on the floor, clamouring in vain for a free-kick that is never going to arrive.


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