David Datro Fofana, a young player for Chelsea, “can become a very great player” after making his breakthrough at FC Union Berlin.
Coach Nenad Bjelica, who has assisted the striker in making his mark following a poor campaign in Germany thus far, says as much.
In quest of consistent playing time and development away from Chelsea, where it was determined there was no place for him at this moment, Fofana signed a loan deal with Berlin in the summer.
Nevertheless, the transfer proved to be somewhat of a catastrophe as he failed to get along with the outgoing manager and was unable to join the team under him or Bjelica, his successor.
Until Wednesday night, he had 25 shots on goal without scoring, making him the “most unsuccessful shooter” in the Bundesliga. His performances when given the opportunity also didn’t justify more.
After coming off the bench in the 2-0 victory over Cologne, he scored his first goal in the league at last in that game.
The expectation is that this will be the “breakthrough” he’s been waiting for, and Bjelica is confident the Chelsea player can succeed—as long as he meets one requirement.
“We are aware of his skill and quality, but he still needs to put in a lot of effort. Regarding the loanee, he remarked, “If he realises that, he can become a very great player.”
Naturally, Bjelica will bring up the problems that have beset Fofana this season. BILD will clarify that Fofana’s problems thus far have been caused by “disciplinary reasons” and that Fofana “may not have always taken punctuality so seriously.”
He needs to get over those bad habits if he wants to succeed, and this objective can be the first step towards something better in the future.