Fight – also referred to as desire or passion in football – is something every supporter wants to see in their team as a whole, but also individually.
Do they fight for the badge?
Do they look like they care?
Say what you want of Dani Ceballos, but he can’t be classed as someone who doesn’t embody these traits. In his first spell at the club on loan, it was the fist-pumping, elaborate celebrations that helped endear him to supporters. Although, oftentimes, that drive didn’t quite transfer into performances full of quality.
This season he’s back. However, said fight is occurring in the wrong places.
He’s managed to get himself involved in two scraps this season (that we know of) with Eddie Nketiah and David Luiz. The former was on the opening day during the warm-up, where he showed too much tenacity in an unnecessary tackle, while the latter ended with him punching his Brazilian teammate on the nose.
While you can’t look into player scuffles all too much (they happen all the time), we’d have preferred that aggression he be channeled in a different way. I’m sure Santa would agree.
Coal it is.