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‘You absolutely hate him’ – Everton star admits he “hated” recent Lampard signing before they became teammates

Andros Townsend has been speaking to talkSPORT about his Everton teammate Neal Maupay after the Frenchman scored on his second appearance for the Toffees, writes the HITC.

Well, the 26-year-old arrived from Brighton in a deal worth £16m back in August, and has become an instant hit at Goodison Park after scoring in the 1-0 win over West Ham on Sunday.

However, Townsend admits that he “hated” Maupay before they became teammates on Merseyside.

Speaking to talkSPORT, the 31-year-old said: “He’s a player that when he’s in your dressing room, you love him. But as an opposition you absolutely hate him. He knows how to get under your skin, he knows the dark arts of football.”

That ill feeling has surely dissipated after Maupay won Everton their first three points of the season.

The Everton No.20 showed real sharpness to turn quickly after receiving a pass from Alex Iwobi, before smashing a snapshot beyond Lukasz Fabianski to fire the Toffees to victory.

It came at a vital time for Frank Lampard and the Toffees, as pressure would’ve surely started to grow if Everton had gone seven Premier League games without a win.