Neal Maupay has been paid a huge compliment by a legendary compatriot as he targets another good night at the Amex.

Albion’s top scorer forced the late own goal which secured a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace on Friday.

They now aim to maintain their unbeaten post-Christmas run as Chelsea visit tomorrow (8pm).

Palace boss Patrick Vieira highlighted the threat his fellow Frenchman can pose after seeing him again make a late impact against the arch rivals.

Answering a question from The Argus specifically about Maupay, Vieira said: “He’s a goalscorer so everything in and around the box, he is always switched on.

“He is somebody you can’t leave without a player close to him because, with half-chances, he will put it in the back of the net.

“His movement running in behind stretching the back four is really interesting.”


Vieira, former boss of Maupay’s old club OGC Nice, left France early in his playing career and believes the striker was right to do the same.

He added: “Since he played in the UK, he got his confidence back and he is a goalscorer.”