Matteo Guendouzi needs to work and learn to get through his current rebellious phases, according to Hertha Berlin manager Pal Dardai.
The French midfielder is currently on loan at the Bundesliga club, however, has endured a tough time as they sit just above the relegation play-offs.
Speaking in an interview, the coach seemed to take aim at the Arsenal man as he challenged him to work harder and improve his attitude.
Dardai said: “It’s like puberty for him, he’s kind of a rebel. He has to work and learn like an animal. In training, I always stop these kinds of duels (like the one where Guendouzi lost the ball for Leipzig’s second goal) because you can’t fall to the ground like this. And, afterwards, he’s mad.” (via Goal)
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Attitude has been a problem for the 21-year-old throughout his career with almost every single one of the ace’s managers having questioned it at one point or another.
It’s the reason why the France youth international is currently on loan at a bottom-half German side as opposed to preparing for a clash with Benfica in the Europa League. His inability to swallow his pride and apologise for his spat with Brighton’s Neal Maupay seemed to anger Mikel Arteta, who left the youngster out of the first-team for the remainder of last season.
However, whilst there are questions over his attitude, some issues over his overall ability are beginning to get raised over the course of this campaign. Guendouzi seems to be struggling with the Berlin outfit completing a mere 87% of his passes.
The jury’s still out on whether the player can make the grade in N5, however, if he wants to enjoy a long and distinguished career in football, his attitude must improve and quickly.