Brentford are looking at scaring off potential suitors for striker Neal Maupay, with only an offer of well beyond £20m for the 22-year-old, likely to be accepted by the West London outfit, according to a report on Sky Sports.
Maupay’s old boss at Aston Villa Dean Smith, plus Championship rivals Middlesbrough are both said to be interested in the player, who has scored 15 goals, with six assists in 24 Championship appearances this season.
So is Maupay actually worth his club’s £20m valuation?
“Absolutely he is.
“Firstly, in today’s market, it is more than a fair price to ask for one of the Championship’s most appealing striking prospects.
“Secondly, with clubs more desperate and more likely to splash big money in January they have every right to ask for it.”
“Maybe last season he was worth that, but this year he has been below par compared to the standards previously set.
“I would be more inclined to think £12million to £15million would be a more suitable amount.
“But if club’s want him that much, they will pay what Brentford want.”
“Of course he isn’t.
“They want that because they feel he’ll be gone on the cheap, but he’s not in that bracket.
“He started well, but him and Brentford have gone off the boil.
“It’s a hopeful shout from an ailing team.”