Neal Maupay (born 14 August 1996) is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion. He came to prominence in his homeland with Nice, Saint-Étienne and Brest and was a France youth international. Maupay is also adept as an attacking midfielder or winger.
Brighton & Hove Albion
2019–20: First season at The Albion
On 5 August 2019, Maupay moved to Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion on undisclosed terms, for a fee reported to be in the region of £20 million on a four-year deal. Maupay scored on his debut in the opening match of the 2019–20 season, scoring the third for The Seagulls in a 3–0 away win over Watford. On 14 September, Maupay opened the scoreline in a eventual 1–1 draw against Burnley, claiming his first home goal for the Sussex club. Maupay scored his 10th goal of the season in a 1–1 away draw against Southampton on 16 July 2020, helping Brighton earn an important point towards safety.
Maupay opened his scoring tally on the second game of the season scoring 2 inside the first 7 minutes in a eventual 3–0 away win over Newcastle. On 26 September, Manchester United were given a penalty after the final whistle due to VAR giving a handball on Maupay right at the end. Bruno Fernandes converted the penalty with United winning the match 3–2. Maupay also scored a penalty himself earlier on in the game in Panenka style. Maupay played in Brighton’s 1–0 away victory over defending champions Liverpool on 3 February 2021 claiming their first league win at Anfield since 1982.