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Neal: “I really want to contribute so we can progress”

iFollow Brentford caught up with new signing Neal Maupay after scoring his first goal for The Bees

27 July 2017

Neal Maupay didn’t have to wait long for his first goal in a Brentford shirt after joining from Saint-Etienne earlier this month, 44 minutes of playing time to be exact. The French striker netted The Bees opener from close range on Tuesday night as Dean Smith’s side came from behind to beat MK Dons 3-2 at stadium:MK. Now, having got off the mark for The Bees, the 20-year-old striker is keen to carry that on.

“I am happy to have scored my first goal in my second game for Brentford,” Neal told iFollow Brentford earlier today. “I felt good in the team and it is important to score quickly when you join a new club. I really want to contribute to the team so we can progress, both personally and as a team. I have opponents for the shirt in Lasse Vibe and Ollie Watkins but that is what you need to push the team on and to make people the best players. It’s gone well between us. We are working hard and there is still one match to go before the start of the Championship. We will all be ready.”

The French Youth International swapped Saint-Etienne for Brentford on a four-year-deal deal a fortnight ago after an impressive season on loan with Ligue 2 side Brest. Having never played outside his home nation, Neal admits there’s a lot to get used to but said he’s been made to feel really welcome so far at Jersey Road.

“Everyone has been really welcoming: be they staff or teammates,” said Neal. “I am really happy with how the first two weeks have gone. There are some differences with a new culture, another way of looking at football, and a new style of training so things are not the same but I feel good and am adapting well. It feels good to be here. It’s a city I don’t really know but one that I want to discover. Lots of people that I have spoken to have who have been here say that it is a beautiful city and I am looking forward to seeing why they say that.”

Aside from his goal the Versailles-born striker impressed on Tuesday night with his work-rate and effort off the ball. Neal said that was a big part of his game and something Bees fans can expect to see from him going forward.

“I am someone who leaves it all out on the pitch,” said Neal. “I will fight for my teammates, and for the team, from the first to the last minute. Whether we are on the attack or defending I know that I have to work. It is important to give for the team especially when you are new at a club. It is my style of play and it is important for me to show what I am about.”


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