Maupay, 27, was a Brentford player between 2017 and 2019 and enjoyed the best period of his career, scoring 25 league goals in the Championship in the 2018/19 season.
After leaving the Bees for Brighton, his goal output dwindled and goals continued to dry up following his move to Everton in 2022, for whom the striker scored just one goal in 30 appearances. Brentford re-signed him on summer transfer deadline day and he is expected to make his second Newcastle debut on Saturday evening.
“That’s quite remarkable,” said Frank. “I looked back four years ago when he was with Rico last year [Henry] was the only player left from that era. This tells us how the club and team have changed since he left.
“It’s fantastic to have Neal back. He is a great character, a strong personality, a player who drives every training session and game and absolutely wants to win. He has also matured. He’s a little lost, but there’s always a reason for that. I am sure that together I can bring out the best in Neal.
“I’m happy,” said Frank about Brentford’s transfer business. “I think we had a very good window. We replaced a very good goalkeeper with another very good goalkeeper, who is No. 1 in the Netherlands, and we are very happy with that.
“We have a very good centre-back who we think has great potential in Nathan and we brought in Neal Maupay – just on the last day of the match to give us a bit more flexibility and strength up front.”
Frank also confirmed that Ivan Toney would return to training on Monday following his betting ban from all football-related activities. However, he cannot play for Brentford until January 17th.
Frank said: “It’s very good for us to have him back. He is a very good player, but more importantly a person to have in the group. He trains hard, he is very positive, he brings a lot of energy, which is very good for any group.
“We would rather have him on the team, but that’s not possible.”
https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/brentford-toney-frank-maupay-b1107147.html Brentford: Thomas Frank on Neal Maupay as Ivan Toney prepares to return to training