‘He is not a fighter’ - Magath blasts Tottenham loanee

08:15 11 May 2014

Lewis Holtby. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Lewis Holtby. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Fulham manager Felix Magath has slammed midfielder Lewis Holtby, insisting the Tottenham loanee is not a fighter and made the wrong move in joining the Cottagers.

Relegation from the Barclays Premier League was sealed after a 4-1 defeat at Stoke last weekend and Magath’s side may finish the campaign bottom of the table if they fail to beat Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The club signed seven players in January to improve their position in the table, including Holtby, who was expected to add creativity and energy to Fulham’s survival bid.

Magath sent the 23-year-old out on loan twice when they previously worked together at Schalke and the pair have again failed to gel at Craven Cottage.

Holtby has scored just once in 13 appearances and in his last two games the midfielder has been substituted after 34 minutes at Stoke and at half-time against Hull.

“Lewis is a very skilful and a nice player but he is not a fighter - I think it was not the right move for him,” Magath said.

“I think he has put too much pressure on himself.

“Against Hull it was not him who was playing and against Stoke it was even worse.

Magath added: “It was too early, he came here for a chance to go to the World Cup but after a few weeks it was clear it wasn’t working.

“It was not the right decision for him.”

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