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Neal Maupay has made a deadline-day return to Brentford, signing for the Bees on a season-long loan.

The striker, who joined Everton a year ago from Brighton in a £12m deal has had a miserable time on Merseyside so far with just one goal to his name in 28 Premier League appearances.

A move to Salernitana collapsed in January and with no concrete interest in him over the summer, it looked as though he would be staying with Everton this season.

However, Brentford, the club in England where he had his best spell, came in for him today with a late approach to take him on loan and submitted an offer for the Frenchman.

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According to reports, the deal taking him back to London, which was confirmed 15 minutes after the transfer window closed, would include a buy option.


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Dave Williams
1 Posted 01/09/2023 at 14:40:55
He tries hard but isn’t the player we needed or will need.
Best of luck Neil!
Brian Williams
2 Posted 01/09/2023 at 14:50:55
I think I'm dreaming.

Iwobi on his way out, Maupay on his way out. Stories of Gnonto deal being done!!

I'll probably wake up and realise I WAS!!

Andrew Ellams
3 Posted 01/09/2023 at 14:51:05
Guess who we play 2nd game back after the international break
Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 01/09/2023 at 14:52:12
Depends on how Brentford play him, they seem to play an attacking game on the break, this might suit Maupay, couldn’t fault his effort but playing him as a striker upfront on his own didn’t do him any favours.
Paul Hewitt
5 Posted 01/09/2023 at 14:55:28
Andrew. He won't be able to play against us.
Paul Hewitt
6 Posted 01/09/2023 at 14:55:28
Andrew. He won't be able to play against us.
Andrew Ellams
7 Posted 01/09/2023 at 15:02:50
Oh of course not Paul, it's a loan. Thank God for that.
Brent Stephens
8 Posted 01/09/2023 at 15:08:44
Does the loan to Brentford include a bye-bye option for us?
Dale Self
9 Posted 01/09/2023 at 15:43:09
Nice Brent. And Brian 2 where are you on Gnonto? Is it a dream to use Iwobi money for that as in your post above? Maybe I’m misinterpreting ‘blowing it all on a oner’ on the Iwobi thread.
James Newcombe
10 Posted 01/09/2023 at 16:02:24
He's not suited to being a lone striker in a million years, which has been obvious for a while (probably well before we signed him!). I'd actually be intrigued to see how he'd fare in a two man strike force, or even attacking midfield; but I guess we'll never know.
Rennie Smith
11 Posted 01/09/2023 at 16:06:14
What time does he want picking up? I'll drive him there myself
Jack Convery
12 Posted 01/09/2023 at 16:38:17
I think the fact that this deal is going through means someone else is coming through, our in door. Gnonto would be the big news and seen as EFC going after a player and not taking no for an answer. Maybe Leeds have already agreed a deal but want to quietly bring in someone to replace him and not get held to ransom. Who knows but something in my water, tells me there are a few twists and turns to go yet.

A forward department of Beto, a fit DCL, Chermitti, Dnajuma and Gnonto would be a real upgrade on what went before, just a few weeks ago. An unfit DCL, Maupay, Simms and Cannon.

Lee Courtliff
13 Posted 01/09/2023 at 16:50:10
Good luck to Neal. It never worked out here due to him being completely unsuited to the lone striker role but I honestly don't think he's anywhere near as bad as we've made him look.

And he always gave 100% effort.

Barry Cowling
14 Posted 01/09/2023 at 16:53:40
We finally saw the real Maupay when he came on playing with Beto, he looked the player we bought, which was to play off a central striker, he was busy, crafty aware of whats on around him, and genuinely looked like we had found the future strikeforce. The first time we had seen him in his proper role rather than a makeshift lone striker. If it is a loan then I am guessing we will have a call back for him
Mick O'Malley
15 Posted 01/09/2023 at 16:57:59
Barry we were playing bottom of League 2, I’d look good against them!!, the lad has been an enormous waste of money, he’s had plenty of chances, he’s just not good enough
Geoff Lambert
16 Posted 01/09/2023 at 19:35:51
Never mind what position he played in every attempt went straight to the keeper or row Z. Not good enough.
Peter Hodgson
17 Posted 01/09/2023 at 19:43:12
At last! Looking on the bright side,If he does okay for them he won't want to come back.

Shame they aren't buying him. He has got to be as dispirited as us fans with his goals contribution. I hope the move changes that for him except when he plays against us.

Neil Cremin
18 Posted 01/09/2023 at 21:09:50
I posted on the live forum. When managers of clubs who have comfortably finished above us in previous seasons see potential in our players who have continuously been rubbished on TW then the true test will be how they will perform in their new environment. More importantly it will be a refelection of not only our TW EXPERT MANAGERS but also on EvertonFC Directors of Football or who ever pulls the strings. Maupay was never a CF to replace CL but as a partner who feeds off his knockdowns. Just look at the chance he set up for Dajuma against Doncaster.
Ian Riley
19 Posted 01/09/2023 at 22:23:57
DVD of his goals in a blue shirt! In the club shop tomorrow. Most positive transfer window we've had in a while! Those leaving not arriving!
David McMullen
20 Posted 01/09/2023 at 23:23:51
Massive void now you know.
Alec Gaston
21 Posted 02/09/2023 at 00:13:54
Peter he can’t be is on loan
Justin Doone
22 Posted 02/09/2023 at 00:37:07
We gave up on him as much as he gave up on us.

Certainly not a Dyche player so make sense to shift his salary else where.

David Pearl
23 Posted 02/09/2023 at 00:44:56
I wonder how he'd do playing behind Beto like in his mire natural position because along with Iwobi he's never had a chance to play where he should. I'm disappointed more in lwobi going and thought if we got a right winger in he could move inside. Let's hope Harrison and McNeil get fit soon so we get some service to Beto.

I'm glad no new CB in to block Braithwaites progress. However l am concerned with not having a single full back at the club that can defend or cross a ball. I think that should be our next priority.

Colin Glassar
24 Posted 02/09/2023 at 04:47:38
Gone and quickly forgotten.
Bill Gienapp
25 Posted 02/09/2023 at 07:15:44
I dunno... if no further reinforcements were incoming, part of me would have preferred to just hold on to him and see if playing him off of Beto might have sparked something. You never know. I also agree with Neil - the fact that Brentford, who recruit far better than us, saw potential value in him... that probably says something.
Joe Hurst
28 Posted 02/09/2023 at 08:30:07
It’ll make Goodison smell a bit better, cause if he was reportedly giving 1t 100% - then THAT’S what the smell was, he’s s**t!
Danny O’Neill
29 Posted 02/09/2023 at 08:42:36
I don't like to slate players too much.

Yes I will criticise for a poor performance as much as I praise for a good one.

He had a thankless task.

Brought into the football equivalent of the Titanic heading towards the iceberg, only that we narrowly missed it.

I'll use one example. That momentous night at Wolves last season. The poor lad, all 5ft of him playing as a lone striker against 6 footers having long balls pumped up to him, which the keeper kept plucking out of the air.

Forlorn hope. Lost cause. I actually felt for him. What was he supposed to do?

Us supporters often pick a target. He's been the most recent. Yes, he's not the best, but he wasn't and isn't the root of Everton's recent challenges. It's more deep rooted than Neal Maupay.

I know he isn't popular amongst many, but every time I watched him, he worked his socks off for Everton.

Jim Lloyd
30 Posted 02/09/2023 at 08:55:58
I think that Maupe was asked to do a job he wasn't suited to. He always gave his best but was on his own in the middle. I thought he might do well with another forward. He looked fine alongside Beto but I think it makes good sense for him to leave and join a club he knows. Good luck to the lad.
Garry Martin
31 Posted 02/09/2023 at 08:56:19
Good luck to him, can't fault him for effort and enthusiasm. Simply not a premiership player, as made by a previous comment, every attempt on goal either blasted wide or, at the goalkeeper.
Denis Richardson
32 Posted 02/09/2023 at 09:06:10
Good for all. Another classic panic buy that didn’t work out.

Add that to Walcott, Tosun and Niasse (who seems to have found his true level at league 1 Morecambe).

Wish him well, poor buy by a poor manager.

Mike Price
33 Posted 02/09/2023 at 09:49:53
He was set up to fail. It’s a managers job to create an environment that suits individuals abilities.
The Brentford supporters are thrilled he’s going back. He’ll be played in the right system and he’s going to prove a lot on here, wrong.
Ernie Baywood
34 Posted 02/09/2023 at 11:21:01
We bought a 15M small forward and played him as a target man.

You can't attribute any of that to him. He actually worked hard but was incapable of doing what was required from him and was starting to look pretty forlorn towards the end of his time with us.

Just typical Everton. I think I've seen enough to know he won't be a star but watch him be a useful player elsewhere.

Alan J Thompson
35 Posted 02/09/2023 at 11:56:35
Good luck to him but he did seem to be a player bought by a DoF without consulting the Manager. If that was not the case then we still have a problem but at least we don't have a Manager who wants to sort out the club as a whole rather than giving priority to events on the pitch. Anyone know the details of this loan other than a buy option?
Anthony Jones
36 Posted 02/09/2023 at 12:14:49
He can't shoot.

Bye bye.

Lester Yip
37 Posted 02/09/2023 at 12:39:42
Luck is what he needs. At times he got in good positions but the wingers took the shots themselves (i.e. Gray). And also, he was there for a scramble touch but somehow the keepers at the right position or good reflect to save the shots. With some luck they would be goals. These kind of scrappy goals he used to score 8/9 for Brighton. His run of bad luck is incredible, so as Everton. Unbelievable.
Dupont Koo
38 Posted 02/09/2023 at 14:56:47
Always runs his socks off and when we signed him, I thought he can be the version 3.0 of "Defensive Forwards without Forward Skills that can be embraced by the Goodison Crowd" (1.0 was Marcus Bent, 2.0 was Denis Stracqualursi).

But he joined the club at a toxic time that did not afford him any patience by the crowd.

Although any penny saved on him this season is a good penny, I still wish him the very best. Hopefully he can score close to 10 goals this season for the Bees to take him off our books completely.

Habib Erkan Jr
39 Posted 02/09/2023 at 17:54:08
Thanks for the winner against The Hammers – it helped keep us up.

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