On Sky Sports’ production of West Ham United versus Fulham on Friday night, Manchester United legend Gary Neville tore Andre Schurrle to shreds.
Neville’s criticism of the German international’s work ethic and commitment to the Fulham cause was spot-on and mirrored the frustration of the Fulham support.
During Neville’s rant, he referenced comments Schurrle made to the German press earlier this month, which indicated Schurrle would leave Craven Cottage if the Whites suffered relegation.
Although Schurrle later claimed his comments were taken out of context, questions over his commitment to the Fulham cause are certainly justified. Neville latched on to Schurrle’s status as a loan player (albeit a two-year deal) and called out the German for failing to buy into the club.
Neville is spot on with his criticism. The last thing Fulham need in their unlikely battle against the drop is for a player to publicly throw doubt on their future at the club.
In addition, it reveals a larger failing at the club: an over-reliance on loan deals that leaves the Whites exposed once players depart.
Although Gary Neville’s outburst on Schurrle was harsh — particularly when he doubted the player missed out because of a virus — it won many plaudits among the Fulham fans.
Andre Schurrle perhaps sums up the team’s failed season excellently: something that appeared destined for success, completely flattered to deceive, and then appears resigned to its fate far too early on.