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12 goals, 80.3% pass success: The Brentford ace that has filled the Lasse Vibe void perfectly



Brentford left it very, very late to level things against Fulham and consequently hand promotion to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Neal Maupay scored a header deep into stoppage time to ensure that Wolves were promoted and that West London rivals Fulham missed the chance to leapfrog Cardiff City and regain their spot in the automatic promotion places.

But this result meant more to Brentford fans than merely helping Wolves: the Bees still have a slim chance of making the play-offs.

With three games remaining, Brentford sit in tenth place – four points behind Millwall.

And despite it looking unlikely that they will finish in the top six, Maupay’s timely goal kept their season alive.

It was yet another goal for the impressive Frenchman, who is really starting to find his feet in the Championship following his summer move from Saint-Etienne.

FLW shines a spotlight on the former Nice man’s season so far at Griffin Park.

Maupay has netted 12 goals in 40 appearances, although only 25 of his games have been starts.

This is an impressive stat for a young striker who has moved to a foreign league after failing to secure much game time in Ligue 1 – the top tier of French football.

The former France under-21 international has always been rated highly and his goal return is indicative of his potential – for a first season in the Championship, he only trails top scorer Matej Vydra by seven goals in the hunt for the golden boot.

The young striker is Brentford’s top scorer and they will hope that he is in top form for their final three games of the season as they compete for a play-off spot.

Maupay is not all about goals – these stats show that his all round game is also impressive.

Playing as a centre forward or a little deeper in an attacking midfield role, Maupay has added four assists and has a very impressive pass completion rate of over 80%.

If Maupay stays at Brentford and continues to improve at this rate, we could see these figures rocketing next season as he gains confidence and familiarity with Championship football.

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United