‘Can play together’: Neal Maupay sends message to Frank Lampard about Everton player he could get the best out of
Maupay made his debut in the Merseyside Derby against Liverpool, lining up alongside Anthony Gordon and Demarai Gray.
The 26-year-old played well but couldn’t open his account for new club.
The forward was asked about his potential role in the Everton squad this season.
“We can play together because we are completely different in terms of attributes.” Maupay said.
“He is very tall, strong, in the box a lot whereas my game is more coming short and running in behind.
“I can play as a number nine or with someone else.”
Maupay believes he can play with Calvert-Lewin
It’s an interesting take from Maupay, and one that Frank Lampard should certainy consider.
Everton looked at their best last season when Calvert-Lewin lined up alongside Richarlison.
Although Lampard has mainly used a 4-3-3 formation this season, that could change when Calvert-Lewin returns from injury.
The form of Gordon and the importance of Calvert-Lewin makes them essential to Lampard when they’re fit.
Maupay was initially seen as a back-up to the injury prone striker, but offers an alternative to either Gray or Dwight McNeil.
The 26-year-old has never been prolific in the Premier League, but is a good link-up player.
He’s got big shoes to fill in replacing Richarlison as a partner to Calvert-Lewin.
However, if he can provide chance to the superior finisher Calvert-Lewin then he’s got a place in Lampard’s side.
Maupay may not have joined Everton unless he thought he could play with Calvert-Lewin this season.
Otherwise, the thought of sitting on the bench at Everton rather than Brighton might not have been that appealing.
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