Matteo Guendouzi is growing unpopular with certain sections of the Marseille locker room, according to reports from France.

Lokomotiv Moscow v Olympique de Marseille: Group E - UEFA Europa League. Matteo Guendouzi of Marseille looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Lokomotiv Moscow and Olympique de Marseille on September 16, 2021. Copyright: Mike Kireev
Lokomotiv Moscow v Olympique de Marseille: Group E – UEFA Europa League. Matteo Guendouzi of Marseille looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Lokomotiv Moscow and Olympique de Marseille on September 16, 2021. Copyright: Mike Kireev

In an unsurprising moment this weekend, Matteo Guendouzi was spotted in disagreement with Gerson.

According to L’Equipe (via Foot Radio), Guendouzi asked Gerson when he was going to start running. The 24-year-old had to be calmed down by his teammates to stop him confronting the Arsenal loanee.

French journalist Romain Canuti claims Gerson isn’t the only one who has a problem with the way Guendouzi acts.

“It’s not just Gerson who is fed up with Guendouzi,” Canuti claimed. “It doesn’t matter, we should not interpret too much, but there are some players at Marseille who have trouble with Guendouzi.

“His way of working, when he always blames other people for things. When he puts both knees on the ground in training to implore the good god because a touch is not good, it annoys them.

“I do not blame him for this attitude, we know this type of temperament in Marseille. But there are foreign players who are not too into it, who have a lot of trouble with that.

“When you have a guy like that, who always criticises, you do not necessarily want to sympathize with him on the rest. Apart from that, Marseille needs character. Guendouzi has some, so it’s good too.”

That feels like a fairly balanced interpretation of Guendouzi’s attitude. A certain amount of drive and character is probably a good thing for a club that need a bit of inspiration to challenge the likes of Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1.

It’s not like PSG are without their fair share of characters, some of whom are probably just as individualistic as Guendouzi.

At the same time, it’s yet another instance of the player falling out with people at his own club. We’ve seen similar incidents everywhere Guendouzi has gone, so there’s no shifting the blame.

Also, when someone like Neymar is a bit selfish, you can more easily excuse it. He’s a proven global superstar with years of top-level football behind him and the ability to win a match single-handedly on his day.

Guendouzi’s achievements do not compare. His only trophy is an FA Cup won in a match he missed because he was on holiday after falling out with his coach. He’s yet to debut for his country, and he has four career goals and 10 assists.

The 22-year-old hasn’t earned his arrogance yet, and you can understand why it might get under the skin of his teammates as a result.

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