Date: 16th November 2020 at 12:00pm
Written by: Steven Haynes

Now I might be reading too much into this.

And in all honesty I hope that is the case, because this is probably the epitome of the ‘I hope that I’m wrong’ scenario that football fans occasionally feel when making predictions. But I am seriously starting to worry about Aleksandar Mitrovic and his recent form, both for club and county.

It’s not just the fact that he hasn’t found the back of the net for us in roughly two months, it’s the chances he’s missed in and around it, the penalty at Sheffield United for one, and then turning down the opportunity to score at West Ham United because of an apparent injury.

When you combine that with a disastrous international break where he missed the crucial penalty for Serbia against Scotland and then finding himself dropped for their game against Hungary yesterday.

Is Aleksandar Mitrovic our most important player?

Yes

Yes

No

No

All this is leading me to one conclusion, and it’s not a very good one; Mitrovic is in a slump, a very bad slump, and I honestly, looking at the fixtures ahead, I can’t see how he is going to get out of it soon. And seeing as he is our main source of goals, with no real backup option available, his bad form will more than likely have an effect on the rest of the team. In a sense, Mitrovic’s form is our form, and if things don’t improve for him, they won’t improve for us either.

I don’t know what the solution is, but we need to make sure that Mitrovic gets out of the slump soon, even if it’s just a one-yard tap in consolation goal against Manchester City in a few weeks’ time. Even if we can’t get any points out of those games, we need to get him in some form ahead of the easier games where we might be able to get something out of them.

What about you? Are you concerned with how Mitrovic’s international form could be hurting his club form?