Brighton star left out of Tottenham Hotspur clash for bizarre reason

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Brighton have endured a poor start to the Premier League season.

After comfortably avoiding relegation last time out, the hope was that the Seagulls would be able to kick on this term.

Graham Potter is leading the club through an exciting period in their history as they look to build a team that can compete in the top flight in the long run.

Unfortunately results so far have been less than impressive.

Brighton have secured just one one victory so far this term - a 3-0 victory over Newcastle United - but have struggled in their other matches.

While scoring goals hasn't been a problem, a leaky defence has seen them throw away valuable points in the early stages of the season.

Now it seems that a fresh twist could be about to derail their season.

Reports from the Daily Mail have claimed that Neal Maupay was left out of the squad over the weekend due to concerns over his attitude.

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The striker was a notable omission in the clash with Tottenham Hotspur as the Seagulls fell to a 2-1 defeat against Jose Mourinho's side.

Potter sidestepped Maupay's exclusion as he put his decision down to 'tactical reasons', however it now appears that a bigger issue could be at play.

What this means for the striker's future remains to be seen, but the south coast club will be hoping to find a solution sooner rather than later.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

What a strange situation this is.

We all know that footballers have egos - they have to if they're to rise to the occasion and handle the pressure of performing in front of millions week in, week out.

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But it seems that Neal Maupay could have overstepped the mark.

That said, can you blame him?

Four goals in six games so far is an excellent return for the former Brentford striker and that makes him one of the most in-form frontmen in the league.

Given Brighton's results so far this term they can hardly afford to be without their star striker.

With Graham Potter's side conceding goals for fun they'll need to ensure that their strikers are on point.

Maupay will be a key part of that.

Of course we don't know the details of what's happened, but logic suggests that Potter needs to get a grip of this and continue to get the best out of Maupay.

If he doesn't it could be a disaster for Brighton's season.

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