Everton oversee double exit as Maupay returns to Brentford and second flop sees contract ripped up

Neal Maupay, Everton, September 2022

Everton have sent Neal Maupay on loan to his former club Brentford, who will have the option to keep him on a permanent deal should they wish.

Maupay struggled to live up to expectations at Everton after joining from Brighton and has now gone back to the club he represented before.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank said: “I’m very happy to have Neal back at the club. He had two great years when he was here last time.

“He was our top goalscorer in the Championship, scored 25 goals, and really helped us progress.

“He’s been on a football journey and now he’s back.

“Neal will strengthen the squad, the front positions. As a player, he’s a very good link-up player, a pressing player. As a nine, he’ll find good positions in the box and I think he’s a good finisher.

“I have no doubt that Neal will come back to us, come into a club and a culture he knows, and will thrive and find a very high level.”

Brentford have been seeking cover up front for while Ivan Toney is banned by the FA.

Maupay comments on Brentford return

After making his return, Maupay added: “It feels like I never left. I’ve always followed the club and been in touch with the manager, Kev [O’Connor], Peter [Gilham] and some of the players. It feels like home; it feels good to be here.

“The memories feel like yesterday. When I see the goals, I remember the atmosphere at Griffin Park. Brentford gave me my chance to play football in England. At the time I was just a young player, a kid, and now I’ve come back as a man.

“I’m coming back with a different mindset. I feel like I’ve improved a lot – physically, tactically and in my understanding of the game.

“I’m still hungry. I’ve just turned 27 and I feel like I’m not even in the prime of my career.

“Being here, with this shirt on, gives me a boost. I just can’t wait to get started and do my thing.”

Meanwhile, Everton have also terminated the contract of injury-prone midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin.

The 27-year-old joined Everton in 2019 but only managed to make eight appearances amid a number of physical setbacks.

One year ahead of the end of his contract, he has now been released.