Brighton ace Neal Maupay was axed from squad to face Tottenham due to concerns over Frenchman’s inflated ego – with manager Graham Potter keen to put him in his place despite having no other recognised striker available
- The striker did not travel with the squad to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
- Manager Potter claimed his omission was for ‘tactical reasons’ after 2-1 defeat
- But there are concerns over his attitude after a disagreement with a colleague
Brighton striker Neal Maupay was axed from the squad that faced Tottenham due to concerns over his attitude.
The French striker, who is the Seagulls’ top scorer this season with four goals, did not travel with the squad to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.
Manager Graham Potter sidestepped the issue after the game claiming Maupay’s omission was for ‘tactical reasons’ – despite the striker’s obvious influence on his team and the fact he started the game against Tottenham without a recognised striker. Brighton lost the game 2-1.
Brighton striker Neal Maupay (above) was dropped due to concerns over his attitude
Sportsmail understands the decision was taken with view to showing Maupay that no one player is more important than the team amid a growing sense that the former Brentford forward’s ego is inflating.
Maupay has certainly been one of the club’s most impressive performers since their return to the top-flight, but Potter was eager to send out a message
Sources also claim that Maupay was involved in a heated incident with a colleague last week, contributing to Potter’s surprise decision.
Brighton face Burnley on Friday and Potter will want to see a reaction from his star striker ahead of the visit of Sean Dyche’s side.
There are concerns over Maupay’s attitude after a disagreement with a colleague
Brighton manager Graham Potter wanted to send a clear message to his players
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