It has been a turbulent time at Nottingham Forest so far for goalkeeper Arijanet Muric, who completed a season-long loan switch to the East Midlands from Premier League champions Manchester City in the summer.
The 20-year-old arrived at the City Ground after a string of impressive performances for Pep Guardiola’s side in the Carabao Cup over the last couple of years, as Sabri Lamouchi looked to add competition in-between the sticks.
The Kosovo international started off the season as Forest’s number one, but quickly fell out of favour behind Brice Samba after making two costly mistakes against West Bromwich Albion on the opening day of the season.
Muric has since made three more league appearances for the Reds since their defeat to the Baggies, losing his place in the side to the impressive Samba, who is now Forest’s first-choice option in goal.
Nevertheless, there was a chance for Muric to show Lamouchi and Forest what they have been missing over the last couple of weeks, after starting for Kosovo against England on Tuesday night in the European Championship qualifiers.
England emerged as 5-3 victors on the night, but here, we take a look at Muric’s individual performance in further detail…
It was a mixed night for Muric whose side almost miraculously ignited a second-half comeback, only to lose 5-3 at the St. Mary’s Stadium.
It was a game in which, as perhaps expected, England dominated. The Three Lions did find themselves 1-0 down inside the first minute of the game, but strikes from Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and a Kosovo own-goal put Gareth Southgate’s side into a 5-1 lead at the break.
Muric was clearly a busy man, then, facing 10 shots in a total of 98 minutes of football. The 20-year-old pulled off four out of five reflexed saves, accruing a success rate of 90%.
Muric’s distribution was also fairly impressive – Kosovo didn’t have too much of the ball whatsoever, but Muric accrued a short pass success rate of 100%, completing 15 out of 15 short passes successfully.
Kosovo had Vedat Muriqi up top – a striker who is renowned for his aerial threat and physical prowess and used it to full effect throughout the game. Muric found their target-man on more than one occasion, accruing a long pass success rate of 78%.
Muric’s best moment of the game, though, came when he denied Harry Kane from the penalty spot, getting down low to keep the Three Lions captain’s spot-kick out of the net.
That save will give him a huge amount of confidence going forward, but whether it’s enough for him to break back into Forest’s team remains to be seen.