Emery praises Mavropanos for having the right mindset
- The manager believes the 21-year-old has got what it takes to become a star.
- The youngster could benefit a lot from fellow Greek defender Sokratis.
- The Spaniard admits the centre-back would've featured more had he not been injured.
Speaking with the Evening Standard, Unai Emery dwelled on Konstantinos Mavropanos' progress this season. From the manager's point of view, the 21-year-old has everything he needs to become a top-class centre-back - the right mentality, mindset and an experienced defender who he can learn from.
Emery also points out that the two Greek defenders are quite close and Sokratis can pass on his knowledge to his compatriot. Considering the 30-year-old is possibly our best defender at the moment, Mavropanos is in good hands.
Sokratis: “Dinos (Mavropanos) can become much better than me and it will be bad for him to have Papastathopoulos as a ceiling.”— LTBurnley (Check pinned) (@ltarsenal) April 15, 2019
"Papa [Sokratis] is close to Mavropanos and I think he is a good example and can tell him about his experiences to use for him to grow up and improve.
"Mavropanos I think he has a big mentality, his mindset was every day to work to improve his fitness and every training session he showed us what we wanted.
"We want to give him the opportunity to train and sometimes to play because I think he has a good future.
Might as well play Mavropanos instead of Mustafi going forward. Mavro will make mistakes, but at least he will grow as a player. Mustafi has been the same since he joined. 3 years. Dare I say it, but we haven't secured CL football since he joined the club.— LTBurnley (Check pinned) (@ltarsenal) April 21, 2019