Graham Potter believes striker Neal Maupay has grown as a person after being out of the Brighton team. Indeed, among similar EPL football news, Potter insists Maupay is benefitting from his Premier League omission, at his own hands.
After missing the Brighton starting line-up in recent weeks, Maupay is ready to step back into the fold, per Potter.
Potter has dropped Maupay for the last three Premier League matches – against Liverpool, Newcastle and Aston Villa.
Instead, Potter prefers to start Leandro Trossard in a false nine role.
This is surprising because Maupay made an impressive, strong start to the campaign. He scored four goals in Brighton’s six opening games.
Even overall, his tally of goals went up to 22 in 86 appearances for the club since joining from Brentford.
Potter Insists Maupay Is Benefitting from His Premier League Omission
But Graham Potter said Neal Maupay has taken his manager’s decision well.
And now, Potter hinted that he would use the 25-year-old Frenchman in some capacity on Saturday Night, against Leeds United.
“He’s reacted really well,” Potter told Sky Sports News. “I would say he’s taken some really big steps as a person.
“He’s disappointed, of course, not to play, which is normal, (and) which is what you want, but he’s handled that disappointment in a really mature supportive way to his team-mates.
“He’s ready all the time to help and that’s what you want.
“I think that’s part of his development. It’s part of something he’s been working on and it’s full credit to him that he’s taken those steps.”
“He’s trained really well this week,” Potter continued. “Like I said, no negativity around. [We’ve had] honest conversations.
“I know one thing is for sure; if he’s called upon, he’ll do well for the team.”