Stephy Mavididi has scored his first goal in Serie C for Juventus’ B team, netting in a 51-minute appearance against Siena on Sunday.
The goal was far from Mavididi’s first for the team overall. He scored five times in five pre-season matches, then once in the Coppa Italia, but hadn’t netted in the league despite making seven appearances. The only Serie C goal contribution to the former Gunners’ name was an assist against Cuneo.
In his defence, Mavididi hasn’t been able to play a full 90 minutes since the second game of the league campaign. He spent a few matches on the bench, making brief substitute appearances, and he’s consistently subbed off for the final 30 minutes of games. Back in the starting XI on Sunday, he bagged himself a goal in the 2-2 draw.
Hopefully, he can really get going now. There’s always extra pressure on a striker at first. You have to score your first goal, your first competitive goal, your first league goal, your first goal away from home, your first goal against one of the bigger teams, and so on. Until you do, the media will happily highlight whichever drought you’re on.
It’s up to Mavididi to make this a habit now. If he does, perhaps chances in the Juventus first team could be around the corner.