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Southampton should axe Austin and sign this ace to spearhead their attack next season

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Neal Maupay has been a key player in Brentford’s promotion push this season.

The French striker joined from Ligue 1 Saint Etienne in the summer transfer window for £1.80 million and hasn’t taken long to adapt to the Championship.

Brentford were unsuccessful in their push for the play-offs, though, with Barnsley ending a seven-game unbeaten run and leaving them five points adrift of Derby in sixth with just one game remaining.

Therefore, other teams may swoop in and take him away in the summer. Southampton could be one of those especially if they get relegated.

As can be seen above, he has 12 goals and four assists in 42 games. However, that doesn’t paint the full picture because he has only played 2321 minutes in the league with Dean Smith ensuring he is rested as much as possible to keep him fresh. Therefore, he is averaging a goal every 193 minutes or just over a goal every two games.

His other statistics shows his role in the final third because he averages 2.2 shots per game as well as having 80.5% pass success. This means he would suit the Saints perfectly because he is heavily involved in attacks, but also has the ability on the ball to participate in passages of play without necessarily being on the end of it.

Maupay fits the profile of Southampton perfectly because he is only 21-years-old with plenty of potential as well as being of a high standard technically, so this would help them move back to their roots which allowed them to be so successful in the Premier League in the first place.

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