When Felix Magath replaced Rene Meulensteen as Fulham boss, our loan player Lewis Holtby gave an insight into the German’s tough training regimes and insisted he wasn’t daunted by the new manager’s arrival. Weeks later and Fulham are relegated and according to Magath, Holtby lacks the battling qualities needed to keep the Cottagers in the Premiership.
“Lewis is a very skilful and a nice player, but he is not a fighter – I think it was not the right move for him,” Magath told Sky Sports News.
“I think he has put too much pressure on himself.
“Against Hull it was not him who was playing and against Stoke it was even worse.
“It was too early, he came here for a chance to go to the World Cup but after a few weeks it was clear it wasn’t working.
“It was not the right decision for him.”
Lewis may not have brought fight to Craven Cottage but he would have certainly taken some skill to West London and some might argue that the manager didn’t channel it correctly. However, with the player returning to White Hart Lane and an uncertain future it’s hardly the best endorsement.