Everton boss Frank Lampard heaps praise on matchwinner Neal Maupay

‘We brought him in for THAT reason’: Everton boss Frank Lampard heaps praise on matchwinner Neal Maupay for ‘adding a lot’ to the Toffees’ attack after he opened his account for the club in 1-0 home win over West Ham

  • Frank Lampard has praised Everton’s matchwinner Neal Maupay after first goal 
  • Maupay’s second-half strike gave Toffees crucial win over strugglers West Ham 
  • Lampard said it showed why Everton bought him from Brighton this summer 
  • Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink praised the way Maupay would persevere after misses 

Frank Lampard has heaped praise on his matchwinner Neal Maupay, after his goal gave Everton their first win of the league season at home to fellow strugglers West Ham.

Maupay struck from the edge of the box eight minutes into the first half for his first goal for the Toffees, after a high-profile move from Brighton last month.

The 1-0 victory pushed Everton up to 13th, and relieved some of the pressure on their manager Lampard, ahead of the international break.

Frank Lampard was full of praise for Everton’s new signing Neal Maupay after he got the winner

Lampard was naturally positive about the 26-year-old Frenchman, saying he proved why Everton had purchased him over the summer.

Lampard told Sky Sports: ‘We brought him in for that reason. He’s a proven Premier League scorer. We played some games early season with false nines, trying to find solutions.

‘There were times in games with that bit of clinical finishing, we would have got more points. How close he kept that first touch and how quickly he shot is why he scored.

‘You can see we’ve added a lot in the dressing room. We have to be hard to beat.’

The Frenchman’s second-half goal sealed the Toffees’ first win of the season and put them 13th

Maupay himself told Sky Sports: ‘It means a lot. The win is the main thing for us. We’ve been playing well and it was just a matter of time. I’m happy for the win and the goal and hopefully we can build on it.

‘Always the first touch is the key [for his goal]. We’ve got very good players in midfield and the wings. They make the difference. I have to be there to finish. I’m just happy for the team. It’s been coming. We had a very good week of training and we deserved it.

‘I wouldn’t say I feel under pressure [to score]. I know my job I have to score. That’s why they brought me in. I needed that goal as I haven’t played much last month. I wasn’t playing for Brighton towards the end. It was only my second game of the season. I needed this goal. I’m here to help. I trust my team-mates to put me in the right position to score.’

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink praised Maupay’s perseverance, which was rewarded with a goal

Sky pundit Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink also said that Maupay’s ability to persevere meant that he was a critical addition to Everton this season.

‘What you can say about Maupay is that he misses chances, but it doesn’t really affect him. He’s got the mentality to go back,’ Hasselbaink said.

‘At Brighton he used to miss chance, but he would go back and back and back, and that is what it’s all about at the end of the day. Keep on believing in yourself. He missed a big chance against Liverpool, but he was there today to get those chances again. He deserved his goal.’

After jumping to seven points, Everton will be hoping to keep their momentum up when they visit Southampton in their first match after the international break.

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