Neal Maupay, an Everton loanee, has a permanent transfer decision shared by Thomas Frank

Neal Maupay, an Everton loanee, has a permanent transfer decision shared by Thomas Frank.

According to Thomas Frank, Brentford is not in a rush to decide whether to permanently move Neal Maupay from Everton.

Having made just 34 appearances for the Toffees in the 2022–2023 season, the Frenchman

scored just twice before joining the Bees on loan from Goodison Park last summer.

At the Gtech Community Stadium, Maupay has found newfound success. He has scored eight goals in 23 games while partnering with Ivan Toney in a potent duo.

Speaking to Evening Standard on Friday (1 March), Frank said: “Like a lot of other transfer

decisions, that will be taken at the end of the season because we are not in a hurry.”

After suffering a 13-month goal drought at Goodison Park, a loan move back to

Brentford looked like the best option for the 27-year-old, finally scoring in a 3-2 Brentford win over West Ham United in November 2023.

In the current season, Maupay has been a tremendous asset to the Bees, tallying eight goals and four assists in all competitions thus far.

Since Toney is probably moving on, it would make sense for Brentford to finalize Maupay’s

permanent transfer at the end of the current season.

However, Sean Dyche might possibly use him at Goodison Park.

After scoring twice in the previous season, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is in a rut as he only has three Premier League goals this season. Beto is also no better, with just three goals in 28 games.

Maupay has the energy, desire and passion to compete at the top level in the Premier League, but his temper and knack for winding the opposition up is always a concern, most recently

clashing with West Ham’s Kevin Nolan.

More goals are desperately needed by both teams. Ahead of Burnley and Sheffield United, the Toffees currently have the third fewest goals in the division.

Frank hasn’t had any trouble scoring goals, but the defense has been letting them in.

It will be intriguing to see what decisions Brentford and Everton make at the end of the season.

Everton may decide not to rely on his goal-scoring struggles and instead try to put his prior performance in the past.

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