Trainer Armin Veh had some harsh words for Haris Seferovic, after the Swiss striker was substituted before his Eintracht Frankfurt teammates turned a 0:1 halftime deficit into a rousing 3:2 victory over VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.
“It’s significant when I substitute off a striker while trailing 0:1,” said Veh after Frankfurt’s victory. “I needed him, sure, but eventually I was fed up.”
Along with the lack of goal-scoring prowess, Seferovic appeared somewhat disengaged and disinterested by the end of the first half, capping the listless performance with an angry gesture at his own bench as the squad left the playing surface at the end of the first half.
“When someone puts himself before the team, that doesn’t fly,” said Veh. “We are not an ego-trip here; we are a team.”
While that would have been enough to explain the events of a single match, Veh’s further comments showed that the coach may well have broader issues with the Swiss national.
“He’s portrayed by journalists as if he’s some sort of crazy battler,” said Veh of Seferovic. “I see it completely different.”
“He has scored three goals, one of which was a penalty . . . for me, that is no goal scorer.”
In the interim, Veh is without realistic options at striker, though may have an answer for the future in winter newcomer Marco Fabian, who assisted on the third of Alexander Meier’s three goals.
On Monday, Seferovic trained with the reserve squad. Asked about the striker’s status following Sundays events, sporting director Bruno Hübner said simply, “It was misconduct. The rest we will handle internally.”
Some have speculated that Seferovic is leveraging poor behavior in an effort to force a transfer before the winter window closes on February 2nd.
Eintracht next visit FC Augsburg for a Saturday fixture. The two sides split points in their last meeting, a 1:1 draw at Commerzbank Arena.
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