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Neal Maupay dropped from Brighton squad due to attitude concerns

Neal Maupay dropped from Brighton squad due to attitude concerns

Brighton opted to drop star striker Neal Maupay from their match day squad against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend due to concerns over his attitude and also because of an apparent bust-up with a fellow team-mate in training.

The 24-year-old's omission meant that Brighton lined up with no recognised striker, with winger Leandro Trossard being forced to start in a very makeshift attack, leading to Graham Potter to bring on new signing Danny Welbeck late on.

Brighton eventually lost the game 2-1 after a very impressive display from the Seagulls, with Tariq Lamptey scoring Brighton's goal.

Last season, Maupay played in every Premier League game but one, and this season he has made a very impressive start, scoring four goals his first six games.

Whilst Potter said that Maupay's absence was down to tactical reasons, reports are indicating that it was as a reminder to him and the rest of the squad that no player is bigger than the whole squad.

Maupay has been a controversial figure over the last few seasons, earlier on in the season scoring a panenka penalty against Manchester United and going to celebrate in front of the camera, only to be the one to concede a last-minute penalty leading to United winning the game.

He also had an argument with Matteo Guendouzi last season, escaping a ban from the FA for clutching his countryman's throat, after he had been responsible for Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno's season-ending injury.

Due to the lack of options up front, it is clear that something is not right with Maupay and Brighton, being left out in favour of having an unnatural forward starting and a striker that has not played since July on the bench ahead of him.


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