Graham Potter defends “fighter” Neal Maupay after Arsenal comments


Brighton handle Leicester on Tuesday.

Brighton manager Graham Potter has actually protected Neal Maupay over his role in Bernd Leno‘s injury and thinks the striker will continue to enhance following his match- winning goal against Arsenal on Saturday.

The 23- year-old’s injury-time strike moved the Seagulls 5 points clear of the transfer zone following their return 2-1 win at the Amex Arena.

Maupay apologised for his role in goalkeeper Leno’s injury after the German was brought off on a stretcher in the first half with a serious-looking knee problem and responded madly towards the Brighton striker.

Moods ran high at full- time, with Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi appearing to put his hand on Maupay, although the midfielder got away a Football Association charge.

Moods torn at full- time (Richard Heathcote/NMC Pool/PA)

Maupay informed BT Sport after the match: “Arsenal players need to learn humility, maybe sometimes. They have been talking a lot first half, second half when they were 1-0 up. They got what they deserved.”

Potter stated on Monday: “He is that kind of character, he is not shy to state what he believes, he is a fighter and defend the team and defend the club.

” He wishes to succeed for himself and for us and his team- mates, you can see that in how he plays the game.

” He compromises himself a lot, runs for the team a lot, and still attempts to score in the Premier League– it’s challenging, specifically in your first season.

“He’s adapted really well and we are happy with him and I think he will get better and better.”

Potter states he has actually not stated anything to Maupay about the injury to Leno, where the Frenchman pushed the goalkeeper who then landed awkwardly.

He added: “It is an event that is regrettable, can occur on a football pitch– a harmless coming together.

“As much as Neal is a competitor, he doesn’t want to go out there and injure people on purpose. We wish the player a speedy recovery but unfortunately these things happen on the football pitch.”

Brighton travel to Leicester on Tuesday for their first away match considering that the reboot. The Champions League-chasing Foxes were held to a 1-1 draw at Watford on Saturday.

Jamie Vardy stays one goal shy of a century of top-flight goals and Potter confesses his side will need to be at their best to stop him reaching that landmark.

Jamie Vardy is one short of 100 Premier League goals (Alastair Grant/NMC Pool/PA)

“He is an absolutely top player and with top players, even when you have a plan, they can still produce something,” Potter stated.

“He is a Premier League winner, he was incredible at the Amex earlier in the season so I have huge respect for him and what he can do. But they also have a lot of other players who can hurt you, so you have to defend well as a team.”

Potter likewise revealed his regard for his opposite number Brendan Rodgers, including: “[They are] a very great team, very arranged team, very effective side with players that have won the Premier League.

” Great experience and a mix of that experience plus some younger players with not simply prospective however they can impact the leading end of the Premier League at the minute.

“They’re third and absolutely there on merit. They can attack you in lots of ways and defensively they are really strong as well. They’re a top team and Brendan has done a top job there.”

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