Everton striker Neal Maupay will score regularly at Goodison Park and it is ‘only a matter of time’ until he opens his account, according to journalist Paul Brown, writes the GMS.
Frank Lampard moved to bring the French striker to the blue half of Merseyside this summer and gave him his debut against Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.
The Toffees signed the 26-year-old from Brighton & Hove Albion on a three-year deal with just days of the transfer window left, paying the Seagulls £15 million for his services.
After putting pen to paper, Maupay described Everton as a ‘great club’ with ‘unbelievable fans’, adding that the decision to move was an easy one.
He was thrown into the starting line-up for the first Merseyside Derby of the season at Goodison Park, in what turned out to be a fiercely contested 0-0 draw.
Maupay passed up a glorious chance to win the match in the second half, firing his shot straight at Alisson when through on goal after a rapid counter-attack.
During BT Sports’ coverage, Michael Owen criticised the forward’s finish, claiming Maupay lacked ‘courage’ and should have instead tried a more adventurous attempt.
In total, Maupay had five shots on goal during the clash, although the one-on-one was the only effort to find the target.
Brown believes that Maupay will inevitably score goals for Everton and that his profligacy against Liverpool should not be a big concern.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “I think he’ll get better. I think it’s only a matter of time before he scores and I think he will be a regular scorer in the team.”
The summer saw Lampard lose the services of Richarlison, as Tottenham paid £60 million to sign the Brazilian.
It left him short of attacking options and, as the window closed last Thursday, Maupay was the only striker to be signed by the club.
With Dominic Calvert-Lewin continuing his recovery from a knee injury, the pressure is on for Maupay to handle take responsibility and bag the goals that will steer Everton clear of trouble.
There is every chance he will step up, however, having already scored 26 Premier League goals and a total of 91 throughout his career.
If those operating alongside Maupay can provide him with the service, he can be trusted to put the ball in the back of the net.