Everton missed out on having a player like Neil Maupay

He is quick to learn, Neil Mobay.

The Frenchman has seriously read the “Make Yourself Famous With Everton” guidebook since his arrival at Merseyside, and he put it in a grueling performance and scoring that netted an important win.

He has worked non-stop in a manner that is a non-negotiable staple for any Royal Blue player hoping to win the affection of the home crowd.

Then, after displaying a slice of quality in time to provide a winning finish, a Gwladys Street End corner flagger gave the kind of attack they haven’t received since the days of another fan favorite, Tim Cahill.

It may have been a kick rather than an Australian brand combination, but it still capped a bonding moment for a player who was justly rewarded for his efforts.

Maupai then admitted he missed a golden opportunity to cement Everton’s claim to victory in the Merseyside derby two weeks ago, but said his new teammates encouraged him to keep going.

He just did it against West Ham United teameven when the creative players behind him were struggling to find the right ball.

Maupay is a determined sponsor and made several clever rounds in the first half without goals but no one was able to find him.

He didn’t deter him and kept trying to create space for his teammates and separate the West Ham central defense with his movement. By the end, the former Brighton & Hove Albion striker made 40 touches to the ball, more than twice the opponent’s attacker Michael Antonio.

(Opta Neil Maupai touch map)

He may not have been universally hailed as a sensational late signing by Everton in the transfer window, but Maupay was exactly what they needed so far. Someone willing and able to provide a focal point for attack—especially in the event of a worrying and troubling absence Dominic Calvert-Lewinwhich Frank Lampard decided to leave on Sunday as a precaution.

Even if the stats suggest that Mubay may not score 20 goals per season, he undoubtedly provides an advantage that his new team-mates have longed for in a period when they were severely undermined by their lack of attacking players.

He’s willing to go down deep, find pockets of space and give his midfielders the option of passing. Then, in the next clip of play, he’ll run behind and try to serve another port.

The goal against David Moyes’ men showed elite technique – that first touch allowed Mopay to make the most of Alex IwobiCutting ball and finishing with a resounding effort.

It wasn’t always this clean. But even in the less subtle moments, the striker’s stance shined through.


Lampard’s Maupay embraces at the final whistle, leaving former Everton manager David Moyes with plenty to think about (Image: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Just an hour later, Maupay took a heavy touch in an attempt to control the ball with his chest. I ran away from him like West Ham Pablo Fornals He was looking to race ahead and break through, but the Everton striker came back and won the foul to make up for his mistake.

After a few minutes, he could have doubled his tally, once again taking a good position at the back post and getting close to getting a touch. Dimari GrayTeasing cross.

12 games was his longest run in the Premier League without a goal (he beat a previous drought of nine), so it’s no wonder the 26-year-old’s celebration seemed to have caused some pent-up frustration.

I made all the differences. Neither West Ham nor Everton have been so prolific yet that term. West Ham failed to score a goal in the first half in any of their seven Premier League matches this season.

Everton went five games without a goal in the first half and only Gray seemed to help find a way to qualify in the first 45, even with Everton in possession of possession.

Lampard was then grateful to his new striker and explained that he has been a fan since his time in charge Derby Countywhen Maupay was scoring for Brighton in championship.

“I remember managing teams against him in the Championship and the Premier League and I always admired his movement and the feeling that he wanted to score goals,” he said. the athlete.

“It looks simple for a striker, but he scores different types of goals. He comes alive in the box and ties in really well. The Brighton team we all commend for the past 18 months have been a huge part of scoring the double figures and working.

“I was pleased to be able to bring him here. He fits really well. When you understand what the fans here want to see – they want to see the character, they want to see the design and they want to see the ball clearly in the back of the net, so he marked In a lot of squares in his first two games.”

Lampard is hoping Calvert-Lewin can finally be fully fit for the match after the international break and has admitted that the arrival of Mubaye has raised his side’s ambitions for the upward movement.

“Earlier in the season, we had to play in a false style and try to find a solution without a striker,” he added. “We played well but we didn’t have that edge and Neal got it in one second today.”

It was a second certainty that the optimism around Everton this season, unlike the outside naysayers, would not deter them in the international break.

Lampard is hoping there will be more to come from his developing side, but there should be better quality with the final ball in the future.

However, he can, with some justification, speak for the stability of the players in what now appears to be a convincing 4-3-3 formation.

In the middle of those front three, Maupay’s overall game made a difference. Everton hope the corner flags take more hits.

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