Neal Maupay scored his fourth Premier League goal of the season at the weekend as Brighton and Hove Albion beat Everton 3-2.

Maupay has impressed since making the move up from the Championship when Brighton signed the striker from Brentford for £16m (BBC).

Yet before making the switch to the Amex Stadium, the Frenchman had been strongly linked with Sheffield United. As the Guardian reports, both Maupay and Oli McBurnie were being considered by the Blades following their promotion.

In the end McBurnie joined United in a club record deal that could rise to £20m (BBC). Just three days later the Seagulls landed Maupay.

Did Brighton get the better deal with Maupay?

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It hasn’t been quite such a smooth transition for McBurnie at Bramall Lane. Unlike Maupay, the Scotland international had some top flight experience in England with Swansea City.

Yet so far McBurnie has scored just once in the league, netting what turned out to be a consolation as the Blades lost 2-1 to Leicester City.

This lack of consistency has seen the 23-year-old start just five of United’s ten top tier outings so far. In contrast, another summer signing in Lys Mousset has taken up the scoring mantle.

Arriving in south Yorkshire for half the price of McBurnie at £10m (BBC), Mousset netted his third goal on Saturday in the 1-1 draw at West Ham United.

The Scot has also had some issues off the pitch. First there was some controversy when McBurnie was caught on camera apparently mocking his national team. Then as Sky Sports reports, the forward was arrested and charged with drink charging earlier this month.

Of course it is still very much early days when it comes to judging Maupay and McBurnie. Writing off anyone ten matches into a new season is foolish.

But it would be interesting to know how many Blades fans, in hindsight, would rather Maupay had joined their team this summer.

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