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Players to Watch: Neal Maupay

Name: Neal Maupay                 Age: 19 years old (Aug 14, 1996)

Nationality: French/Argentinian          ClubAS Saint-ÉtienneAS Saint-Étienne

League: Ligue 1         Height: 173 cm,  5’7        Position: ST/RW

Foot: Right             Contract: 30.06.2019

A player who has been at AS Saint-Étienne for only 1 season so far and has been used very rarely but he has shown glimpses of a diamond in the rough. A player with incredible skill and capable of producing moments of brilliance out of nothing. His dribbling is easily his best asset and is very capable of beating his opponents in a variety of ways, quite similar to what Hatem Ben Arfa has been producing this past season in Ligue 1.

Maupay is a player of great potential whose development is currently being stifled by the lack of game time. He has only managed to complete a full match once in his career so far at AS Saint-Etienne and he has also only managed to score one goal in the league at the club also –his volley against ESTAC Troyes.

The issue that surrounds him as a player is his temperament and inconsistency which is the reason why he has struggled to get game time at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. A loan to a Dutch Eredivisie side might do wonders to his development and progression as a player. And, under the right tutelage and environment all these issue could easily be ironed out of his game and could result in a future star of French football.

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