German outlets report that Konstantinos Mavropanos’ loan has taken a downward turn, following his concession of another penalty.
Konstantinos Mavropanos conceded his third penalty of 2022 last weekend, before being substituted with what was initially believed to be an injury.
Yet other reports suggest there was no injury. Kicker (via Sport Witness) claim that Mavropanos was surprised to be hauled off early, adding that Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo has noticed the weaknesses of the Greek international.
Mavropanos is reportedly much less confident in himself right now, and his form is causing plenty of nerves in Stuttgart as the team battle relegation.
The Arsenal loan centre-back first gave away a penalty for handball against RB Leipzig in January, then another when he brought down Sebastian Polter of VfL Bochum in February, before rounding out the hat-trick with another handball against Union Berlin in March.
Mavropanos also conceded a penalty in his last international appearance, bringing down Alexander Isak with a rash challenge that helped give Sweden the lead in October.
The frequency of these penalty awards is obviously a concern, only needing one more to match David Luiz’s Premier League record-setting five in the 2019/20 season.
As it stands, Stuttgart are in 16th, which is the relegation play-off place. Finishing in that position would mean a fixture against a 2. Bundesliga promotion hopeful, with the winner going up and the loser going down.
Stuttgart are only ahead of the automatic relegation places on goal difference, so they need to keep picking up the points.
Regardless of whether they go down or not, reports suggest Stuttgart plan to use their option to sign the Arsenal loanee anyway.