Graham Potter’s Brighton look to keep their impressive undefeated run in the Premier League alive and kicking this weekend when they traveled north to the capital to clash with Watford at Vicarage Road, and at the time of writing are 1-0 up and look good value to secure three points on their travels.
A win (or draw) today would take Potter’s Seagulls to a seven-match run without a loss while increasing their slight cushion on Southampton as they look to remain in the top half of the table for the remainder of the season and have key striker Neal Maupay to thank for their slender lead after the Frenchman cooly struck a sweet half-volley past Ben Foster into the top corner late in the first half.
2⃣6⃣ – NEAL MAUPAY
2⃣6⃣ – Glenn Murray
1⃣5⃣ – Pascal Gross
1⃣4⃣ – Leandro Trossard pic.twitter.com/sj9G17Cbd5
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) February 12, 2022
But the class effort from the former Brentford frontman had much more significance than just putting Brighton in front with a deserved lead. Maupay’s strike was his 26th goal in the Premier League for the Seagulls, which now sees him joint-top of the club’s all-time goalscoring list in the top flight of English football.
Maupay, now level with former fan-favorite Glenn Murray and streets ahead of current clubmates Pascal Groß and Leandro Trossard, has every chance in the world to take over sole possession of the top of the club’s goal chart between now and the end of the 2021-22 season while proving he still has a key role at the American Express Community Stadium.
Completed January transfer business could help Maupay’s effectiveness
Though Neal Maupay is currently the unquestioned key center-forward under Graham Potter at Brighton, that status will come under considerable scrutiny in the summer when the Seagulls welcome German center-forward Deniz Undav to England.
Undav has been one of the many sensational stories to come out of Belgium outfit Union St. Gilloise after the former giants have taken the Jupiler Pro League by storm this season sit seven points clear at the top of the table after returning to the Belgian top flight this season for the first time in 48-years. Undav’s goals and all-around play have been critical to that success thus far.
At current, the German sits on 20-goals and 10-assists in just 26-matches this season while forming a devastating partnership with Belgian international Dante Vanzier.
That critical fact means that Undav’s impending arrival is not to rival Maupay, but for the pair to form a center-forward tandem in Potter’s system.
Undav would certainly signal an upgrade over Danny Welbeck while giving the Seagulls a third center-forward on the books in the first-team all while improving the overall quality on offer. Should the pair strike up an effective partnership, Brighton will have taken a key step in finally solving their struggles in front of goal.
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