Rumoured to be of interest to a number of Premier League clubs during the January transfer window, Neal Maupay remained at Brentford, much to the delight of the Bees and their fanbase.
With 20 goals in 32 appearances to his name this season in all competitions, the 22-year-old is really making a name for himself in the Championship, meaning this season could be his last at Griffin Park.
Despite narrowly missing out on the playoffs in the last campaign, a poor run of form following Dean Smith’s departure to Aston Villa has left Brentford in the bottom half of the table, currently 18th after 30 games.
Very unlikely to be in contention for any kind of promotion come the end of the season, the Bees might have to reluctantly let their star go, and Maupay himself is aware a move in the summer could be what’s best for his career, even if he isn’t ready to give up on his current side just yet.
Speaking to RMC Sport, he said: “We’ve had a bad run of form, but we’re currently on the up. My primary objective is therefore to bring Brentford to the playoffs and play for promotion. After that, if I continue to score, I’m not putting up any barriers.
“There were rumours this winger, but I wanted to finish the season here. We’ll see in the summer what happens next. Why not play in a Premier League side?”
Now in his seventh professional season as a footballer, having made his first appearance at the age of 16, the striker offers a rare mix of youth and experience all at the same time, and with lower league football under his belt, a move to England’s top tier with better players around him could be ideal to push his career even further.
He might not be Kylian Mbappé, but he’s certainly made a name for himself in his own way this season, much to the delight of Brentford and their fans.