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Anelka tends to slow the game down too often and lacks the same passion as his teammates
A wonderful talent, Anelka has enjoyed the longest spell of his career at Chelsea: three years. Each of his seven previous clubs got rid of him within two seasons, and in my opinion Anelka’s time should be up at Stamford Bridge.
It is not the fact that Anelka scored just six goals in 32 league appearances last season that worries me. A proven goal-scorer throughout his career, I am sure that this will continue until he retires.
There has, however, been one constant problem for Anelka throughout his career: his attitude. Last year he had a major role in the embarrassment of the French national side at the World Cup, being sent home for his disrespect towards manager Raymond Domenech.
Similarly, he once received a 45-day suspension for refusing to train at Real Madrid. Although thankfully no incident like this has happened yet involving Anelka in West London, his body language and lazy attitude on the pitch for me shows a lack of respect towards his fellow teammates and the fans.
Great finisher, great skill, no work rate. The 32-year-old should be the first out of the door.