Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Martin Jol has classified striker Dimitar Berbatov into the ‘gifted but not a fighter’ category.
The Bulgarian international, who had been very successful last season following his summer-move from Bayer Leverkusen, has made more negative headlines this season and also reported to have played some part in the departure of Jol.
Berbatov was criticised for his attitude when he was left on the substitutes’ bench at Newcastle United, following reports that he did not want to warm-up to come on as a substitute until more requests finally saw him trudging out.
Jol told the Daily Express: "At St James' Park (when Berbatov appeared reluctant to come on as a substitute), a lot had been made in the media about Berbatov's attitude, that he didn't want to come on because he was sulking at being on the bench.
"Normally Chris Hughton would tell the players to warm up, but not this time. However, he didn't seem that keen to do it.
"I turned my shoulder again and this time looked him in the eye and told him 'come on, warm up' and he began to warm up.
He never said he didn't want to come on, but that's how it has been perceived. But that's Berbatov, he always seems reluctant to do anything.
"Gifted, yes. But he is not a fighter. Perhaps you need others who are fighters to balance out the team."
that kind of attitude won't go through at United. I never rated him that
highly anyway. Sure, I posted a thread about him on official forum during his time at Bayer ( at least i thought he was still there,but it turned out that he'd signed with Tottenham already, snubing us and Arsenal), but I was always for "Martins option" if ever was one.
Don't get me wrong, he's a good player, but I dunno... I have a feeling he lacks that little something.