Konstantinos Mavropanos Should Be Ready For Pre-Season, And It’s An Opportunity He Can’t Afford To Waste
The 2018/19 season will have to go down as a blank for 21-year-old Konstantinos Mavropanos. Having joined Premier League club Arsenal from PAS Giannina with much promise in January last year and earning rave reviews following his league debut, the Athens-born centre-back must have expected a lot more playing time than he wound up with.
Last term was a transitional one for the Gunners, with Arsene Wenger making way for Unai Emery in the summer. And it should have presented the young talent with a fresh opportunity to prove himself to an incoming manager. Unfortunately, however, he spent most of the first half of the season sidelined with injury and could only manage four games in the top flight upon his return.
The Greece Under-21 picked up a knock on the final day of the Premier League campaign against Burnley, which saw him miss the Europa League final against rivals Chelsea. According to a report from football.london, Mavropanos should be back to full fitness in time for pre-season, although no date has been put on a return just yet.
The upcoming pre-season will be a crucial one for the defender, who will hope to find favour under Emery heading into the 2019/20 season. As things stand with the current Arsenal squad, there is an opportunity to establish himself as an important first-team player and, if he is indeed ready, his status will have changed just in time.
Club captain Laurent Koscielny is likely to leave this summer and there’s no telling how the back line will look approaching the next term as there’s hardly any certainty over the team’s senior centre-backs in relation to whether they will leave or stay.
There is no doubting Mavropanos’s talent. He is a modern-day centre-back who is composed in possession and can move the ball around, but his weakness lies in his decision making, which has been called into question on a few occasions.
If he’s made to play regular football during the pre-season, Mavropanos will have the chance to show his quality against top opposition such as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, something which could shape his immediate future.
Where the Gunners are concerned, they’re certainly not favorites to win the Premier League title next season, and that could bode well for Mavropanos as expectations won’t be as high as they’ve been in recent years. Arsenal are currently 40/1 to claim league honours with Bet365 and are 11/10 to finish in the top four with Ladbrokes.
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Emery’s men will be back in the Europa League next term after failing to finish in the top four and losing to the Blues in May’s European final. They’re 6/1 to win the tournament with Betfair at the end of the 2019/20 season.
Mavropanos could prove key to the Gunners’ hopes next term and he will hope to possibly partner compatriot Sokratis Papastathopoulos in defence. There is also the possibility of going out on loan if regular minutes can’t be afforded, but it could be all up to the youngster to prove to his manager that he’s worthy.