Khvicha Kvaratshkelia is struggling to get it going this season, but his slump began long before the summer and the change on the Napoli bench, which hasn’t helped. He was named the 2022/2023 MVP even though he didn’t produce in the final two months.
Per Corriere della Sera, there are a few reasons behind his dry spell. He has burdensome defensive tasks now. He tracks back a lot more, which forces him to go on lengthy sprints just to get into dangerous positions. That causes him to lose energy, and he’s not lucid when he has to make a key play in the final third, becoming more predictable.
Moreover, Kvaratshkelia needs the whole team to be on point intensity-wise to thrive. That hasn’t been the case so far, but it’s normal in the early going. Finally, his numbers during their title run, 14 goals, were unusual relative to his previous tallies. He might be simply regressing to the mean.
The Georgian ace had a challenging summer, missing a couple of weeks with a knee contusion and the opener because of muscle fatigue. His last goal dates back to March 19th. Instead, he dished an assist off the bench versus Sassuolo in Round Two.
Our Take on Kvaratshkelia
It’s nothing new for Serie A defenses to catch up with the attackers coming in. Instead, his recent issues can mostly be chalked up to subpar form following ailments.
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