Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant has criticised West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka for not having enough passion and that he could have achieved so much more. Grant also said that not many people will remember him when he finishes his career.
Anelka worked under Grant at Chelsea and has criticised the controversial Frenchman’s attitude, and the Israeli is quoted in the Daily Mirror saying: ‘He’s got everything – he’s quick, can beat players and score goals.
‘But he lacks the most important thing a sportsman needs – the passion to win, passion to do well, passion to succeed and passion to push himself to be better and better.
‘Since he was 19 years old, when he came to Arsenal, he did good things, but not more than this.
‘I feel sorry about this and it is a pity he doesn’t have the right mentality.
‘He was not at all a problematic player, he always trained well, but not more than this and went home.’
Anelka has played for some of Europe’s biggest clubs and won many honours along the way. After starting his career at Paris Saint Germain, he moved to Arsenal where he was part of Arsene Wenger’s double winning side in 1998, before moving on to Real Madrid a year later, where he won the Champions League in 2000.
Though he may have spent time at Manchester City, Bolton and Fenerbahce without success, along with a short spell at Liverpool he did have more success when he returned to Chelsea.
Winning two FA Cups and the Premier League title again is a pretty successful spell before moving on from the club in early 2012.
Though players will want more, this collection of trophies isn’t so bad for a man that could have done so much more. Maybe his former boss will have liked to have seen him settle at a club for longer than he did and compete for more honours. Just how much did Grant expect a player of Anelka’s ilk to win?
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