The last thing you want as a footballer is to be labeled a troublemaker.
For Jeffren Suarez, he's teetering dangerously close to the edge after his transfer to Bolton fell through. The young Barcelona prospect has been liked to a move all summer long, but he has clung tight to the Spanish giants despite links to numerous clubs.
Bolton had reportedly launched a successful bid for his services, a major coup for the English side, but in the end, the player rudely refused to contact the club. Now, the club is annoyed and looking elsewhere in the transfer market, as Jeffren's reputation lies in shambles.
This the last thing the young player needs on his resume.
Per Tribal Football:
"I don't wait and see with anyone," Coyle told The Bolton News.
"Either you want to play for this football club, or you don't.
"I have not talked to Jeffren or his representatives, so the story makes it out that it's a bit further down the line than it is, but if it isn't going to happen, then we'll move on."
You have to applaud Bolton for taking a stand on this one.
While the side may not be as prominent as others in England, it doesn't mean they should let young players walk all over them and get away with it. If you want to get to the highest levels in football, you have to have principles and stick to them no matter what.
Bolton has done that, and it has made Jeffren look like a petulant child. The young winger may not have wanted to head to another club, but he should at least have the decency to pick up the phone and tell them himself, like a man.
Instead, he opted for the silent treatment, scuttling a promising transfer. It had to be frustrating to be linked to Bolton after the talented winger was subject to rumors that had him heading to Arsenal or Liverpool, but you have to keep a level head in the face of adversity.
A true professional at least gives a club the decency of a response after a successful transfer bid, even if it's bad news. The entire thing is unfortunate, and you hate to see a young player do this to himself at this stage in his career.
Jeffren may love Barcelona, but his future is elsewhere, and the sooner he realizes that, the better.
The next time a club comes calling, it's time for the young player to pick up the phone and have the class to give a response.